What Is The Fastest Way To Straighten Teeth - Savina Dental Clinics Malta and Gozo

Did you know that the straighter your teeth, the healthier they are? Other than being easier to clean, when your teeth are straight, there are fewer gaps in which plaque bacteria and food particles get trapped in. Although traditional dental braces treatment provides a great way to get a beautiful smile, the amount of time it takes to achieve real results may sound disheartening to most, especially adults.

In today’s article, we look at the absolutely fastest way to get that perfect straight healthy smile you’ve always wanted, including a well known dental treatment along with an introduction to accelerated orthodontics which is starting to become more popular, mainly in the United States.

Dental Veneers

Veneers as thin layers of porcelain that are made to fit over the front of a tooth to improve the colour, shape, and position of your teeth. Dental veneers treatment provide the fastest way to straighten teeth without needing to get braces.

Veneers disguise any unsightly misalignment to give you the smile you’ve always wanted in a matter of days. However, it is important to note that they cannot treat orthodontic problems like bite issues, jaw misalignment or rotated teeth.

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How Veneers work To Straighten Teeth

For this treatment, your dentist may need to remove some of your natural tooth enamel to be able to align rotated or protruding teeth but surface enamel is crucial to allow bonding of the veneer on top of your existing tooth.

Benefits

Veneers offer an array of benefits to patients, including;

Solving multiple dental issues

Veneers can be used to treat various concerns such as covering up the gaps, cracked or chipped tooth, or whiten your teeth

They are long-lasting

Although not permanent, veneers can last up to 15 years.

They protect eroded teeth

They help to restore eroded teeth, protecting you from irritation to hot or cold stuff

Help improve your confidence

Whether it is by correcting a crack, chip or by whitening your teeth or simply straightening your smile, veneers can improve your overall self-confidence

Natural Looking

Veneers help your teeth look natural and healthy. Also, since they are especially thin and are held in place by a special bonding material, very little preparation of the tooth is required

Risks

The risks associated with dental veneers include;

Tooth sensitivity

Since the placement of veneers require the removal of dental enamel, one of the biggest risks is tooth sensitivity, especially for hot or cold temperatures.

Dental damage

During the removal of the enamel, there is an increased risk for underlying dental damage. Also, ill-fitting veneers may allow seepage of saliva and other liquids resulting in staining. Overcontoured veneers can interfere with your normal bite alignment, resulting in pain when eating, bruxism, jaw pain, and dental sensitivity.

Future replacement

Although they last long, chances are that you will need to replace them over time, perhaps resulting in enamel removal a second time.

Timeframe For Straight Teeth

With dental veneers, you can get that perfectly straight smile within two visits a few weeks apart and last up to 15 years or longer with proper dental care.

Advanced Dental Treatments

 accelerated orthodontics

There are other new technologies that have been designed to accelerate tooth the straightening process. Some of these involve the use of devices that apply a certain amount of pressure and bone stimulation, whereas others require the surgical removal of bone tissue to speed up tooth movement.

What is accelerated orthodontics

This is a new practice in the field of orthodontics that helps speed up the time it takes to straighten your teeth. The practice has also been associated with elevated risk and a higher probability of regression after treatment. Accelerated orthodontics are performed in several ways, including:

AcceleDent method

This method promotes faster braces treatment. AcceleDent involves the use of a hands-free device that accelerates tooth alignment. This device is used daily to gently vibrate the misaligned teeth and the surrounding bone for up to 20 minutes. It is fitted around the existing orthodontic appliance, like braces and Invisalign-type clear braces. The vibration allows the teeth to move up to 50% faster according to the position of your braces. Speak to your orthodontist to check if your situation will allow the use of Acceledent

Propel Alveocentesis

This treatment works by stimulating the bone around the targeted teeth to increase cytokine activity. The alveolar perforations make braces and aligners more efficient by allowing the application of more force to move the teeth into the desired position. As a result, they reduce the time taken to straighten teeth.

Micro-osteoperforation

This is another more advanced method by Propel, which aims to increase cytokine activity called micro-osteoperforation. This is followed by the application of force to move the teeth into the desired position.

Teeth Removal

Another way to accelerate teeth straightening is by the removal of some teeth, to make space for others. This treatment should be considered for those with severely crowded teeth.

Time Frame For Straightening Teeth

These treatments can make your teeth properly aligned in less than 5 months. However, you will need to use retainers, which are worn for about 6 months after alignment is achieved to allow the bone to recover and to keep the teeth’s new position stable.

Case Study About New Advanced Orthodontics Treatment

A study by the Dentistry and Craniofacial Research found that although acceleration orthodontics techniques are more invasive and costly, these treatments accelerate teeth alignment and are more beneficial with fewer side effects (http://www.imedpub.com/articles/accelerated-orthodontics-an-overview.php?aid=21959).

Why It Is Not Widely Available

Accelerated orthodontics is effective in most cases where traditional orthodontics is the recommended treatment. However, because accelerated orthodontics is relatively new, there are no long-term studies on how well it works, therefore the adoption rate by orthodontists remains slow but gradually increasing.

Recap On Traditional Braces

Braces are dental devices that are used in orthodontics to straighten and align teeth.

How Braces work

Braces work by putting pressure on your teeth, which encourages your teeth to slowly move into the correct position.

Timeframe Traditional Braces

Traditional dental braces treatment usually require about 18 months to do their job efficiently.

Timeframe Invisalign Braces

Invisalign braces treatment involves guard-like clear plastic aligners and can take 8 to 12 months to work. However, the duration may vary slightly from one individual to the other.

What To Avoid To Slow Down The Progress Of Traditional Braces

While your orthodontist can do the perfect diagnosis and treatment plan for your teeth, they will not be able to complete the treatment on time if you don’t cooperate. Here are a few things you should not do as they slow down your progress:

  • Never miss, change or spread out your appoints.
  • Arriving late to appointments leaves the dentist with very limited time span to sufficiently perform all the planned procedures.
  • Ensure all other necessary procedures such as extractions, restorative or surgeries are done in a timely manner.
  • Bending or breaking you brace wires between visits will slow down their progression since your teeth will stop moving into position. Plus, having to replace damaged braces only adds more months or even years to your treatment. This usually happens when you eat prohibited foods.
  • Follow instructions on the use of rubber bands and aligners. These are the devices that produce the force that moves your teeth into the desired position and change your facial features. Therefore, if you only wear them only when you want to as opposed to daily or as instructed by your dentist, chances are you will be wearing them a lot longer than necessary.
  • Uphold good oral hygiene. Bad oral hygiene will slow down the treatment due to tartar between teeth (and gums). Dental illnesses such as infections slow down the movement of teeth. On the other hand, swollen gum tissues hinder your dentist from working on your teeth.

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Joseph Xuereb
Joseph Xuereb
Principal Dental Surgeon & Owner of Savina Dental Clinics, Dr Joseph Xuereb BChD (Hons), MFGDP(UK), MGDS RCS(Eng), FFGDP RCS(UK), FICD is a general dental practitioner with a special interest in Implant and Restorative Dentistry. Dr Joseph & the teams' full biographical information can be found here.