Teeth straightening options
Decades ago, headgear and traditional braces served as primary treatment options for gapped teeth (malocclusion) or crooked teeth.
Dental professionals and orthodontists used metal braces to gradually shift your smile and make your teeth straighter over 16 – 24 months.
The first clear aligner treatment was approved by the FDA in 1998. Now, clear aligners are a common tooth straightening option.
Clear aligners can be used for the treatment of mild to moderate cases of overbites, crowded teeth, crossbites, diastema (gapped teeth), overjets, and open bites to give you a more beautiful smile.
Many teledentistry companies have opened shops over the last seven years, providing at-home teeth straightening kits as a primary alternative to in-office orthodontic care.
Benefits of teeth straightening
Teeth straightening treatment improves your self-esteem and overall appearance and also gives you excellent oral benefits, including:
- Decreased risk of oral health conditions such as gum disease and cavities (you’ll find it easier to clean and floss straight teeth).
- Abilities to eat, speak, and chew gets even better
- Enhances digestion because you can chew food properly before swallowing it.
- Your risk of temporomandibular joint pain and jaw issues is drastically reduced.
- Decreased head and neck pain
Is it safe to practice DIY teeth straightening?
It is important to note that DIY teeth straightening is a very dangerous practice. It can damage your teeth irreversibly. It can also cause damage to your gum line and dental health.
Browsing across social media, you can see several DIY teeth straightening techniques. These methods all claim to be effective, safe, and simple. But nothing could be farther from the truth.
DIY methods like “gap bands” are risky and may result in several complications such as:
- Gum disease
- Root resorption
- Tooth displacement
- Tooth loss
Sometimes, these DIY teeth-straightening methods can cause irreversible damage to the teeth. It is worth mentioning that there has been an increase in the number of DIY teeth straightening attempts to such an extent that the American Association of Orthodontists released a statement in 2017 stating that:
“What most people don’t understand is that moving teeth is a biological process that involves bone that dissolves and re-builds as teeth are moved into their new positions. Moving teeth is best done under the direct supervision of an orthodontist after an in-person assessment, including complete diagnostic records.”
Can you straighten your teeth without traditional metal braces?
Yes, you can! As long as your teeth do not suffer any serious misalignment.
However, it is important to note that there is only one safe alternative to straightening teeth at home, and that is the use of clear aligners.
At-home aligner treatment is safe particularly if you adhere to the instructions. In one study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association, 87.5% of respondents expressed satisfaction with the results from their at-home aligner treatment. Only 6.6% of respondents returned to their dentists after treatment to correct certain adverse effects.
Many people prefer clear aligners to traditional braces because they are cheaper, easier to maintain, and more convenient.
Beam clear aligners is a top-rated at-home aligner that you can use for teeth straightening.
Beam clear aligners straighten your teeth by gradually shifting teeth into their desired position. This is achieved by wearing multiple sets of custom-made aligners as prescribed in your treatment plan. Best of all you can straighten your teeth from the comfort of your own home. There is no compromise on quality. Beam clear aligners are made from premium Zendura FLX material. They are so transparent your friends will barely notice they’re there – unless you tell them!
Compared to conventional Invisalign clear aligners, Beam Clear Aligners have several benefits. Beam Clear Aligners can straighten your teeth from home without the need for in-person appointments, have a much shorter treatment time, and are much more cost-effective. In addition, Beam Clear Aligners are Australian-owned with local support.
Have questions? Get in touch with one of our friendly, local Australian support team members today and we will be of assistance to you.