Did you know that smiling isn’t just for pictures? There are tons of proven benefits of smiling, from reduced blood pressure to improved mood.
If you tend to hide or stifle your smile because of your teeth, it’s time to find a solution. Everyone deserves to love their smile.
What are the different ways that you can straighten your teeth? It’s never too late to give any of these methods a shot!
Read on for the three distinct ways that you can get straight teeth this year.
Chances are, this is the one you’ve heard of: traditional braces. Braces use a system of metal brackets, wires, and bands to shift your teeth into alignment. This method can take anywhere between six months and three years to complete.
We often think of traditional braces as the less cosmetically appealing method to get straighter teeth. After all, all that metal is noticeable.
That being said, traditional braces may be the most cost-effective teeth straightening method. It’s also worth noting that many advancements have been made in the last few decades. Traditional braces aren’t always as noticeable as you might think.
Clear aligners are growing in popularity as an alternative to traditional braces. Rather than relying on all of that metal, the clear aligner method uses a series of clear plastic trays to shift your teeth into alignment. Invisalign clear aligners are the ones that most people have heard of, although there are other brands manufacturing a comparable technology.
Clear aligners are more discreet, but they aren’t without fault. For example, if you don’t adhere to the rules and take your aligners out to eat and drink, you run the risk of staining them. In order for clear aligners to work, you must wear them for 22 hours a day.
In other words, clear aligners are a great option–but their effectiveness is up to you.
What if you don’t like the shape of your teeth but there’s nothing wrong with the alignment? For example, you may not like the size or edges of your teeth even if you don’t have something like an overbite.
Cosmetic contouring is the best option if you want a change but don’t have any misalignment. Cosmetic contouring is the process of reshaping the teeth by removing the enamel. Once the tooth is shaped to your liking, it is then polished and smoothed by your cosmetic dentist.
Which Method Will You Choose to Straighten Your Teeth?
Smiling is something we should all do several times a day. If you find yourself hiding your smile or trying not to smile at all, it’s time to do something about it! These methods will straighten your teeth so that you can smile without restraint.
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