Crooked Teeth - How To Straighten Them

Published: 26th March 2008
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Crooked teeth can lead to problems with self-image, after all who wants to have a mouth full of crooked teeth? Luckily for us there is technology readily available to us which is not too expensive nor out of reach.

The first thing you should do is make an appointment with your dentist and an orthodontist in order to have a medical examination of the condition of your teeth and to see what can be done about the problem of crooked teeth. To straighten crooked teeth you have several options, but you should always seek the advice of a professional in the field to find out more information before you decide which route to take.

Braces are one first solution for straightening crooked teeth; they are devices that put pressure on the teeth forcing them to shift into the right place. Metal, ceramics and plastic are the most common materials for braces; by tightening the wires in the device monthly, the teeth will actually shift into the required position. Ceramic braces are the least noticeable, as the brackets are applied directly to the front teeth by a special glue.

The straightening of crooked teeth is not over with the simple use of braces; when the device is removed, most likely you will need to wear a retainer for a while, to prevent your teeth from shifting back into the original incorrect position. One more thing worth mentioning concerns the possibility of tooth extraction whenever the orthodontist considers it necessary in order to make room for the straightened teeth.

An alternative to braces is the use of removable aligners that squeeze the teeth forcing them to move into the correct position. For mild cases of crooked teeth invisalign can be used although this technology is more expenisive than braces.

Although there are other advanced and rapid ways of straightening croooked teeth, these methods tend to be complex, expensive and put a lot more stress on the teeth. Most orthodontists will inform you of the possibility of using accelerated orthodontics in order to get the perfect smile you may have been looking for. However, be ready to cope with a little pain and the discomfort of wearing lingual braces; fortunately, the whole process is four times quicker than the regular orthodontic procedure, thus instead of two years, you'd only need six months to straighten crooked teeth.


Crooked Teeth can be straightend quickly and easily by the methods outlined in this article. Visit our Healthy Teeth site to learn more about achieving and maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

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