Different ways to straighten teeth

Most people desire to have a beautiful straight smile. Straightening options can give a boost in self confidence and create a radiant smile that you won’t be afraid to show off. 

Previously the only way to achieve straight teeth was through the use of braces. Traditional braces made of wire and metal brackets as well as clear braces are the most popular way for children and some adults to align teeth. 

With advancements in technology there are now alternatives to using braces, which many people prefer. A few reasons why people are moving toward other teeth straightening options are:

  • Price differences
  • Appearance of braces to some can be disheartening 
  • Removable options are now available 

One of the most popular new advancements in recent years for teeth straightening are the use of clear, removable retainers to align teeth. The most common brand on the market is called invisalign, however there are other options and brands available too. 

While both braces and invisalign require specialist treatment from dentists and orthodontists, dangerously there are more and more ‘do-it-yourself’ teeth straightening treatments on the market. While this trend may seem convenient to be able to straighten teeth using aligners and retainers without the help of a trained clinician (and often at a much lower cost), these DIY alternatives rarely work and can often result in detrimental side effects. 

Side effects from treating yourself and aligning teeth without professional consultation and treatment can include: 

  • Gum recession
  • Joint pain
  • Problems with bite
  • Teeth loss
  • Damage to teeth including breaking

If you are considering teeth alignment or straightening treatments it is best to consult your general dentist who will then refer you onto any specialists such as orthodontists or oral surgeons. Consulting an expert means that you are in the hands of a professional who can recommend the correct treatments for you. As everyone is individual and different, so our own teeth! So not every treatment will be suited to each individual- therefore it is important that you seek treatment from a trained and specialised clinician.