Straightening Out Your Teeth
Do you have crooked teeth? Have you always dreamed of a perfect smile? Do you want to land your dream job or get that big promotion? If you answered yes to any of those questions, your local SE Calgary dentist has something for you! Whether it is the dominant age of social media or simply the direction our culture is moving, people are becoming more and more conscious about the way they look. Also, whether we like it our not, other people judge us by the way we look and with social media, we are on constant display. Research has revealed the correlation between good teeth and a radiant smile and how others perceive us. Studies have shown us that people with good teeth and a good smile are more likely to get a job, more likely to secure a date, and more likely to be generally perceived as successful over someone with crooked teeth and the resulting, less aesthetic smile. As people become more aware of this, the cosmetic dentistry industry is flourishing and with that, comes both new ways and slightly modified tried and true methods to straighten your teeth. So what can you do about your crooked teeth?
Braces and Retainers:
If braces are the solution that you and your oral care provider have selected, your dentist or orthodontist will prescribe an appliance specific to your needs. The appliance will consist of bands, wires, and other fixed or removable, corrective devices. No one method works for everyone. Braces work by slowly manipulating your teeth into the correct positions over 6 months to 2 years. Braces are the most common treatment method for poorly positioned teeth. Retainers are typically worn following the removal of the braces in order to hold your teeth in the right position until they have fully settled.
For those who cringe at the thought of railroad tracks on your teeth, there is Invisalign®, the clear alternative to braces. Invisalign® consists of a series of aligner trays custom made for you to gently manipulate your teeth into the correct positions. The aligner trays are made out of high grade plastic and are essentially invisible.
6 Month Smiles:
Six month smiles utilizes nearly invisible clear braces and tooth-coloured wires to gently manipulate your teeth into the correct positions. This results in a more natural looking treatment option that will not attract the same unwanted attention that traditional braces do.
Here are also a few options for accelerating the straightening process:
This method uses a hands-free device with an activator that the patient wears for up to 20 minutes a day. It fits around existing orthodontic appliances such as braces, and uses a gentle pulsing technology to accelerate the movement of your teeth
This method stimulates the bone around the teeth to increase cytokine activity. This results in a far easier and quicker remodeling of the bone.
Another method of accelerating orthodontic treatment is the surgical removal of tooth tissue between the teeth.
If you are looking to straighten your teeth and change your look and life, consult your local dentist to explore your options!