Braces have successfully corrected crooked teeth over the years. And while they are healthy for the long-term well-being of your teeth, braces still have certain shortcomings that make them undesirable for many a people, and there are no prizes for guessing what these shortcomings are. You now have alternative means to choose from to fix crooked teeth because of the sophistication of cosmetic dentistry in Edmonton. If your crooked teeth are a result of limited overcrowding, malocclusion, or an underdeveloped palate, you could consider these alternative solutions we offer.
Retainers are a popular means to correct an improper bite and make improvements to teeth misalignment. You could choose between fixed retainers, Hawley retainers, and removable retainers on the basis of your preferences and what your condition demands.
Fixed Retainers: They are attached with the help of dental cement to the inner surface of your teeth. The downside of these retainers is the inflexibility since you can’t remove them on your own.
Removable Retainers: They are ideal to make minor corrections to your smile. They’re flexible and can be removed before attending functions. But you don’t want to misplace these since they’re expensive.
Hawley Retainers: They are custom-made. They’re made of metal wires and acrylic and can be removed yourself. These are the most popular of the three retainers.
The beauty of Invisalign is actually in its invisibility. Now, don’t take that literally. These are transparent, custom-made aligners that aren’t immediately noticeable to the casual observer, and that’s a definite improvement over your traditional braces. Another merit of getting Invisalign is its removability. Although it is preferred that you wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day for best result, removing them for special occasions is hardly a problem either. Most cosmetic dentists in Edmonton recommend Invisalign as a straightforward solution for crooked teeth.
Special appliances such as the Herbst appliance could also be used in order to make improvements to your alignment by making subtle corrections to your jaw imperfections. This is particularly well suited for those struggling with an improper bite. The Herbst appliance pushes the lower jaw in the forward direction which causes the upper and the lower jaws to meet. The Herbst appliance has an extension that is attached to the molars, which are then connected to both jaws. The downside of these devices is that they usually take about a whole year to solve the malocclusions. Another disadvantage of using the appliance is that they’re more noticeable, and that defeats the whole purpose of not opting for braces.
Cosmetic dentistry in Edmonton has come a long way. Along with choosing an aesthetically pleasing way to fix your crooked teeth, you could also customize your smile to make it absolutely spotless. Contact us to proceed with fixing your crooked teeth and to learn more about the merits of cosmetic dentistry.