How To Straighten Teeth Without Braces
Dr. Amit Majevadia of the Prestwood Dental Health Center explains about different techniques of straightening teeth. He speaks about metal braces, clear aligners and veneers and crowns.
Hi, my name is Dr. Amit Majevadia and I'm the principal dentist here at Prestwood Dental Health Center. Today, I'm going to talk about straightening teeth.
First, we'll start off with why we should straighten teeth. Most people straighten teeth for cosmetic reasons, but apart from that there are, there can be other reasons why we might need to realign teeth and straighten them. Sometimes, people's teeth are so out of alignment that when they bite together that it can be quite traumatic.
Also by having straighter teeth, you can clean them more easily, and therefore reducing the chance of any decay and gum disease. So let's move onto the different ways of straightening teeth. Most people recognize normal metal braces as the traditional way of moving and aligning teeth, also known as orthodontics.
Another way of moving teeth or straightening teeth is using these clear aligners, as you can see this is not what most people would recognize as a metal brace. However, they can do a very similar job in that they will move teeth and straighten teeth. What we have got here is a very very simple example of how a clear aligner can be used to straighten teeth.
This model, as you can see, the two front teeth are fairly spaced and laid outwards. And after wearing the clear brace for quite a few months, this is how the patient looked afterwards, you can see the teeth have been closed up and we have got a nice round arch formed there. If you are interested in clear aligners or clear braces, you can come and see myself at Prestwood Dental Health Center.
Or any other dentist who is qualified in using clear appliances. Finally, there is one last thing I would like to talk about, which is what I call masking teeth. This can only be used in very slight discrepancies of the alignment of teeth.
Veneers and crowns can be used to mask the appearance, so it looks like you have straight teeth and a nice rounded arch, however, you have to remember that underneath those veneers and crowns, your original teeth are as they were. And that's just some very simple and brief advice on different ways of straightening and moving teeth. .