Why does it take so long to straighten crooked teeth?

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You might think that straightening crooked teeth is a simple thing to do, stick on your wire with some brackets wait a couple of weeks and everything will be nice and straight. If only things were that simple.

The dentists that contact us here at cosmetic-dental-treatments.info often tell us that it takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years  to straighten crooked teeth and here’s why.

Planning

The beginning of the process begins with planning and this will inevitably mean a few visits to the dentist.

  1. First visit. This will be your initial consultation where the dentist will discuss the various options, from this initial consultation a treatment plan will be provided for you including all of the different ways to straighten your crooked teeth  which may or may not include braces. (We explain more about this here)
  2. Second visit. (Typical time from first visit – 2 weeks)  after you have had a chance to digest your treatment plan, options and costs the next appointment will be to work out specifically the type of orthodontics you may have. You may also be required to have impressions,  particularly if the new invisible type of braces being used or the appliance is removable.
  3. Third visit (Typical time from first visit-4 weeks). Your braces may now be fitted and the process has begun.

As you can see, the planning process can often take a month from initial consultation to having the braces fitted.

Moving teeth

When you have braces fitted they are essentially pushing, pulling or rotating teeth in the direction required.  This force stimulates the remodelling of the bone around the tooth,  moving it out of the way in front of the direction of travel and rebuilding it after the tooth has moved.

Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are responsible for this bone remodelling.

There is a speed at which this remodelling process can happen, above which if the teeth are moved too fast the bone cannot remodel and reform around the tooth. This biological process gives a restriction as to the actual speed the teeth can be moved.

The type of braces

Different types of braces are able to move teeth at different speeds. The Inman Aligner can typically move teeth much faster although it is not  suitable for more complicated crooked teeth situations.

Braces which move teeth quicker may, unfortunately be out of someone’s budget leaving them with an option which move teeth slightly slower.

Moving front teeth versus moving back teeth.

Your front teeth don’t believe last word only have one single root, your back teeth  have multiple routes. As one can imagine these routes on back teeth are far more sturdy and firm in front teeth meaning moving back teeth becomes more difficult and therefore slower.

Some of the more modern orthodontic systems only focus on moving anterior (often known as the social six) teeth. This is because these other teeth just seen most in social situations and, went straight, give the biggest cosmetic advantage. If you just want to have a very quick orthodontic treatment looking for braces system which only moves the social six teeth could be for you.

Finding out about moving teeth

The simplest thing to do is to do a Google search for your particular problem, we have however found some good resources around the Internet, The BOS offers a range of leaflets but we’ve also done out own digging, so here is a special report by Dr Philip McDermott answering the questions everyone asks about Adult Orthodontics.

His report includes:

  • Is rapid orthodontics right for you?
  • Are you a candidate for invisible orthodontics?
  • How much will treatment cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What are the downsides?
  • Will it hurt?

Visit the orthodontic section of the website to download.

Straight teeth are also more comfortable and less likely to develop cavities and other problems

Says Dr McDermott.

Now there’s an incentive for straigher teeth if ever we heard one!

Celebrites Have Adult Orthodontic Braces

A few years ago it would have been considered seriously uncool to have braces fitted. In fact there was even a sitcom called ‘Ugly Betty’ where the main character was portrayed as being ugly due to her wearing braces.

It seems this is all changing and celebrities are now proud to show off and where their adult orthodontic braces in public. Here are a few examples.

The first photograph shows when Gwen Stefani sporting full upper and lower metal braces. Generally speaking these are called train track braces, although that really is rather an unkind description of them.

Many orthodontists like this type of brace as the patient can’t remove them which means the pressure on moving the teeth is constant, over all this means that the treatment can move teeth a greater distance and is often quicker and removable orthodontics.

gwen-stefani,braces

An alternative to having metal train track braces is to wear ceramic braces, as worn here by Tom Cruise.

tom cruise braces

Ceramic braces are able to move teeth generally speaking the same as their metal counterparts, however they look far more appealing and don’t stand out as much. With the new treatments such as six month smiles which uses a unique type of ceramic brackets, treatment can be completed much quicker… Typically in six months-hence the name!

Another example of a celebrity having adult orthodontic braces is Faith Hill

Faith Hill Braces

Clearly Faith is proud to show off her braces in this posed photograph. She also has done television interviews wearing braces and openly talks about how comfortable they are to wear.

More information about six month smiles.

Overall this means that there really is no reason for you to not consider having braces, the celebrities are wearing them and are proud to show off not only the braces themselves but their final straight smile!

Orthodontics have changed hugely over the past few years, so what are you waiting for?

My Crooked Teeth Look dark!

James Arthur X factor teeth

One of the common concerns with people that have crooked teeth is the fact that they think the teeth are dark.

Here is a photograph of James Arthur, the recent winner of X factor in 2012. Since winning the show he has commented in the national press about the fact that he wants to have his teeth straightened. Here is a photograph showing him with his crooked teeth, notice how the second tooth on the left-hand side of the photograph (James is right hand side) looks darker due to the fact that the front tooth is rotated.

Many people go to the dentist asking for teeth whitening because they see this dark tooth, however the reason is that it is in shadow caused by the rotated front teeth.

Shadows very often create dark areas on teeth and in fact teeth whitening is not the solution, having straighter teeth is!

Generally speaking straightening teeth nowadays is a fairly simple process with either invisible braces or fixed tooth coloured braces. These treatment options are certain to help your crooked teeth look white again.

Very often though, after treatment, teeth whitening is also offered to finally make your new straight teeth look really white. You may find that your dental practice offers free teeth whitening with any orthodontic treatment, although this is not always the case.

If you’re looking for a dentist to help you with your crooked teeth then the best way to find them is to go to the search engines, most commonly Google, and do a search for the following terms:

  1. ‘Six month smiles < <your geographical location>>’
  2. ‘Invisalign < <your geographical location>>’
  3. ‘Inman aligner< <your geographical location>>’
  4. ‘invisible braces< <your geographical location>>’
  5. ‘ceramic braces < <your geographical location>>’
  6. ‘lingual braces < <your geographical location>>’

By doing this type of Google search and adding your geographical location will allow you to find a dentist in the local area who can provide for you one of these orthodontic options.

When Should Orthodontics be Started?

Orthodontic treatment can be undertaken from children as young as 6 right the way up to adult hood. With young children of this age orthodontics is often termed ‘preventive’ orthodontics as dentists are preventing further problems as the child gets older.

Typically a specialist orthodontist might remove some baby teeth to make way for adult teeth, or they may decide that some form of ‘ridge or arch’ expansion is required. This can be done to increase the size of the jaw if it is felt that is current too small.

The recommendation is to take you young child to a specialist orthodontist practice in London or the area that is close to you as soon as possible. This specialist will then be able to check your child’s teeth and advice you on the best option for possible treatment.

This treatment may involve orthodontics at a young age, or possibly waiting a while for more teeth to come through. In any event it’s best to seek this advice before the critical age is reached.

It is important to find an orthodontist that is a specialist in treating children of this age as many simply suggest that you wait until all the adult teeth have come through. This may not always be the best option as critical times in development may then have been missed and early intervention orthodontics could have worked better.

The advice is to go to the GDC (General Dental Council) and check their register for specialists orthodontists in your area, then ask them if they do early intervention or preventive orthodontic procedures.

Specialist Orthodontics requires a higher level qualification than a general dentist and they will typically have a great knowledge of the treatments and alternatives available to you.

 

Which Cosmetic Dental Option is Right for You?

Cosmetic dentistry is moving fast in the UK, yet the basic problems it solves is the same as it has always been.

There are 3 basic classifications for people that want cosmetic dentistry, people with:

  1. Crooked, Twisted, Rotated Teeth
  2. Mis-Shapen Teeth
  3. Dark Teeth

So, let’s look at some of the options:

Crooked Teeth

The most basic treatment for this is orthodontics, so if you are happy with the tooth shape itself, then your dentist can move your teeth to a new position using one of the orthodontic options listed here.

Mis-Shapen Teeth

If you don’t like the shape of your tooth then your dentist can use either crowns or veneers. Veneers cover only the front of the tooth, while crowns cover the whole of your tooth. Dental veneers/crowns can be used to correct not only the mis-shapen tooth, but also straighten them and lighten them at the same time.

Dark Teeth

The simplest option is to lighten teeth using tooth whitening. If you are happy with the basic position and shape of your teeth then this option may be best. Tooth whitening is also often used after orthodontics to really brighten up your smile.

The recommendation of dentists seems to be the at the best thing is to tell your dentist what your concerns are and what you like/dislike about your smile then let your dentist decide on the best treatment option for your depending on your ideal smile and your budget.

Invisalign

Are your the teeth rotated or do they have gaps between the teeth? Do you desire a straighter appearance without many months of therapy with unattractive train track braces? If so, Invisalign® may be your orthodontic remedy.

Invisalign® is an almost unseen technique of changing a twisted or ‘out line’ of look into an immediately gorgeous smile.

As the brand signifies, Invisalign® is an “invisible” sequence of  unobtrusive aligners that fit neatly and gently over your teeth. Each custom-designed aligner is used for 14 days, and goes over your the teeth without having to do anything to your teeth – like trim them or adjust them. As opposed to train track braces Invisalign® aligners can be taken out to eat, clean, and start flossing.

Invisalign® usually straightens your the teeth in roughly six to nine months, when in comparison to one to three years with conventional train track braces.

Because there are no cables to modify, you will also invest less time at the dentist and can appreciate and really enjoy a more relaxed therapy.

Who’s right for Invisalign Braces?
Anyone who desires to move their teeth to new and more attractive positions to achieve their desired look, but doesn’t wish to wear train track braces may be an applicant for Invisalign®. These custom-molded aligners can be places to fix a variety of oral issues, such as:

  • Overly populated teeth
  • Widely moving teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites

Generally talking about whether you are an applicant for this treatment, almost all people are probably a good selection for Invisalign®. This process performs best for sufferers with gentle to average space and is not recommended for kids and sufferers who have serious issues with the position of their teeth that needs them to use head protection.

Comfort and Convenience
With Invisalign®, nothing will come between your way of life and having an amazing look.

This therapy provides relaxation, advantage and an discreet means for solving your look. With Invisalign®, you can be as dynamic as you like because these aligners won’t prevent you from doing what you enjoy each day. For example, if you have a unique public occurrence soon, you can do away with the aligners for a little while whilst you appear in public – great for teachers or people in the public eye.

Look Great During Treatment
While it’s typical to see youngsters with train track braces,these can be unpleasant for grownups. Invisalign® is perfect for a grownups youthful appearance and older people who want to completely prolong their youthful look – who doesn’t want to do that!

Invisalign® can offer you higher assurance in your overall look without anyone having to know you are designing your new smile with moving your teeth.

It’s no wonder that across the UK many individuals have selected Invisalign® for their orthodontic therapy.