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Dealing With Crooked Teeth



February 13, 2023

What are crooked teeth and why do they happen?

Crooked teeth can come from a variety of factors. These factors include:

  • Genetics
  • Oral cleanliness
  • Thumb sucking as a toddler
  • Tongue thrusting (this is when you press your tongue on your teeth when swallowing)
  • Undernutrition 
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Injuries (such as from sports or other accidents)

Having a straight smile can help you to feel more confident. In this article, we will talk about the ways to deal with crooked teeth and how you can take action. 

What are the different types of braces that can correct crooked teeth?

There are three popular types of orthodontic procedures that can be used to correct your smile. These include:

Traditional metal braces - These are what you would think of when you think of orthodontics. Traditional metal braces are a popular type of treatment to achieve the desired results.

Clear braces – These are transparent brackets and wires made out of a clear acrylic material. They also come in different sizes which can make them more customized for your teeth. These typically work better with the lower arch of the mouth because they are less visible.

Invisalign – Some people do not like to have metal braces or clear braces, so Invisalign bridges that gap by offering a discreet and almost invisible aligner solution.

How long will it take for my teeth to be straightened with braces, and what should I expect during the process?

The time it takes to achieve the desired results can vary. It all depends on how old you are, your treatment schedule, and whether or not you are using clear braces, Invisalign or metal braces. Generally speaking, somewhere around one year of wearing traditional braces is required to achieve proper alignment for adults. But this does not mean that treatment ends there. Your orthodontist is going to have you wear a retainer for several weeks or several months after your braces are removed.

What can I do to get the most out of my orthodontic treatment?

It is important to treat your teeth and braces with care. You should avoid touching or playing with the wires that are attached to your brackets. These wires are responsible for moving your teeth into their proper positions, so you need to make sure they stay clean and intact. Also avoid biting down on them because they could break, which could cause problems if they are protruding in your mouth.

Your orthodontist will also recommend using a toothbrush with extra soft bristles to brush around the wires and brackets so you can avoid scratching them while you clean your teeth.

Conclusion: What are the benefits of having straight teeth, both cosmetic and health-related?

Having straight teeth is a very good thing. For example, if you have a severe overbite or an underbite it can make it difficult to chew and even breathe properly. This is because your jaw muscles work overtime to help these problems. However, having a healthy set of teeth will give you the best opportunity to maintain a well-balanced diet and live a long, healthy life.

Cosmetic benefits are also worth noting because straight teeth can improve your smile and self-esteem which will help you to become more comfortable. 


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