Straightening Crooked Teeth
Why straighten crooked teeth?
Very often straighter teeth can be healthy teeth. In between your teeth is most difficult to clean and it is in this area that the acid producing bacteria often hide. As the bacteria feed they secrete an acid which causes teeth decay, it is therefore important that these bacteria are removed each time you brush your teeth. If your teeth are crooked or overlapping it can be far more difficult to get interdental brushes or floss in between your teeth. Straight teeth however are easier to clean in these hard to reach areas.
Your options for straighter teeth include:
- Dental veneers.
- Dental bonding
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the process by which your dentist moves your existing teeth into a new position. Teeth which are squint, crooked or overlapping can all be moved with orthodontics. If your teeth stick out with an overbite or under bites this can also often be corrected with orthodontics.How do orthodontics work?The orthodontic systems we operate in the practice come under two main categories:
- Rapid and removable orthodontics.
- Fixed orthodontics.
The rapid orthodontic techniques include the Inman Aligner which can move teeth in approximately 16 weeks. Fixed orthodontics often use tooth coloured brackets and our Six Month Smiles system offers affordable fixed orthodontics.
What are dental veneers?
A dental veneer is a thin covering of precision made high-strength dental ceramic. Veneers can either be made opaque to block out the underlying teeth (if they are very dark) or translucent which tend to be more cosmetic and allow the light to pass through them making them look more natural, similar to your own teeth.How do veneers work?In many cases dental veneers can be used to straighten crooked teeth without having to remove any of the natural underlying tooth, much like dental bonding this makes them a very conservative option.
There are however times when natural tooth structure needs to be removed in order to accept the new dental veneer. Once the veneer has been made by a highly skilled dental technician it will be bonded to your tooth using a light cured material.It normally takes approximately 2 weeks for a new veneer to be made by the dental technician.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is used if you have only a few teeth which need to be strengthened. The bonding can be added to the section of the tooth which is further back, building it out into line.How does bonding work?When you have cosmetic dentistry with dental bonding the dentist will roughen the surface of your tooth slightly. They will then place tooth coloured composite material which they squeeze from a tube on to your tooth.The tooth is then reconstructed in layers of this composite material which mimic the deep dentine colours of your tooth through to the surface enamel colours of your tooth.
EH Dental Care Provides orthodontic services for the local people of Edinburgh including rapid orthodontics, fixed orthodontics and tooth coloured braces. In some instances your teeth can also be whitened or have dental bonding to reconstruct your teeth in addition to being moved with orthodontics.