Teeth have several functions in our body, such as cutting and grinding solid foods so that we can eat well. But another extremely important function of them is aesthetics, which despite being seen as minor by many people, is essential for you to feel good about yourself and, consequently, to have better mental health. That is why topics like crooked teeth are always among the most researched when it comes to our smile. But, after all, how to align the teeth? This is not a question that can be answered easily. For this reason, today we have gathered all the main information on the subject for you to understand better. Read the text to the end and check it out!
Why do Teeth warp?
It is always important to think, first of all, why the teeth do not stay aligned all the time. In fact, there are several reasons for this to occur. The first of all has to do with the genetic factor . It is natural and difficult to avoid, although it can be corrected.
Other factors have to do with the use of a pacifier as a baby, breathing problems, early loss of teeth, among many others. Although there are no physical rules (that is, there are exceptions to all of these cases), the vast majority of times that someone’s teeth bend have to do with these factors.
Why is aligning your teeth important?
Anyone who thinks that aligning their teeth has to do solely and exclusively with an aesthetic issue is wrong. It is true that this is often the main reason for a person to see a dentist to do dental alignment, but there are many other reasons why this is important. The gum health , for example, shows a significant improvement when a person has straight teeth. In addition, brushing and flossing are also facilitated.
We cannot fail to mention the psychological benefits that aligning teeth provides. Often when a person has crooked teeth, especially the front teeth, he feels bad about his appearance, which can lead to several other problems. Aligning your teeth, in this sense, is also something that helps in self-esteem and also in the prevention of cases of psychological diseases . Once again, it is important to emphasize that such problems are not rules, since it is a subjective issue. Still, we cannot fail to mention that they exist.
In some rare cases, dental alignment can even help to improve cases of headaches, gums and even gastrointestinal problems.
Main Ways to Align Teeth
Until a few decades ago, thinking about ways to align your teeth was rare and even seen as a minor concern. However, with advances in dental studies and technologies, nowadays there are several options. Among the main ones are:
- Orthodontic Braces
- Aesthetic Contour
Let’s talk more deeply about each one so that you can better understand how they work.
Also known as a dental appliance, an orthodontic appliance can be composed in several ways, as there are several types. Among the most common are the fixed ones, composed of brackets, bands and wires; and the furniture, which has the function of keeping the teeth in place after the work already carried out by the fixed appliance.
In addition to working to align teeth, orthodontic appliances have several other functions, such as aligning the bite and even chewing. Despite having been an object of difficult access in the past, nowadays the orthodontic appliance is quite common and easy to maintain, being the most popular way to align your teeth in a safe and professional manner.
Aesthetic contouring is a technique used by dentists that aims to modify the appearance of teeth through restorations. In other words, it is not exactly an alignment, but a perception of dental alignment. Although it is extremely effective if we think in aesthetic terms, this type of orthodontic treatment does not correct the other types of problems that may arise due to poor positioning of the teeth. Therefore, the aesthetic contour is recommended only for those who seek an aesthetic improvement in their smile.
In addition to these techniques, there is also Invisalign, one of the most recent ways to align your teeth at home and without braces. It is a set of aligners that are custom made for you using a mold made by your dentist. You must fit the plates on your teeth and change them every 15 days for the alignment to occur. Although they do not have as accurate effects as those of the orthodontic appliance, this is a great way for those who do not want to use the appliance for many months. Invisalign is a great alternative for those looking for ease and short-term results .
The concern with our smile is very common. For that reason, it is also normal to hear about different methods for aligning teeth. But although there are many, it is important to always be attentive to the best method for your case and, of course, talk to a dentist you trust so that you can do the treatment in the best possible way. It is important to keep in mind that the aesthetic issue is extremely important and, as we said earlier, it is essential for your health. Remember: taking care of your body is taking care of yourself.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.