Teeth Straightening

Is Teeth Straightening Really Worth The Money?

Published on 06/10/2015

Is Teeth Straightening Really Worth The Money?

Many adults believed they had missed the chance to have straight teeth and a smile to be proud of when they were children. However, over the past few years, there has been a large increase in the availability of teeth straightening procedures to help improve the appearance of crooked or overcrowded teeth no matter what your age is.

Benefits of straightening your teeth

There are many benefits to straightening your teeth they include:

Improved Confidence and Self Esteem

The main reason many people will look to straighten their teeth is to help improve the appearance of their smile. With some people so embarrassed at what people may think of the state of their smile that they feel they need to cover their mouth when they talk or smile, straightening your teeth can help to improve confidence and self-esteem, allowing you to achieve things you never thought were possible.

Healthy Gums

If your teeth are overcrowded or crooked it can be very difficult to effectively clean in and around them. If food debris is left trapped between teeth it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. By straightening teeth, the gums will fit more securely around teeth and it will be much easier to perform an effective oral hygiene routine removing any plaque or calculus present. In the long term, this can help reduce the risk of tooth loss.

Improved bite

If your teeth are misaligned this can lead to problems speaking, chewing and can cause your teeth to wear and crack more quickly. This may also put an increased strain on your jaw muscles which in the long term can lead to headaches and other health conditions. By straightening teeth and properly aligning the bite, it is possible to reduce discomfort and wear caused to your mouth and jaw.

Overall health

Your teeth and gums can provide a clear picture of your overall health. If you look after your teeth and gums you are also likely to look after the rest of your body. Bacteria present in your mouth which causes tooth decay and gum disease can if left untreated cause bad breath and even tooth loss. Studies have shown that oral infections can also lead to more serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes. By straightening your teeth you will have a better chance of reducing oral infections and other potential health problems.

Two types of teeth straightening

Here at Leigh Dental Centre, we are able to offer 2 main types of teeth straightening, they are:

Cfast: Cosmetic Tooth Alignment

Cfast teeth straightening system are gentle and simple minimally invasive teeth straightening system which straightens the top and bottom teeth.

Cfast uses clear brackets and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires. The treatment works much like using clear aligners however the tooth movement is predictable and quick. Cfast is fast, effective and affordable and usually, within 6 months most patients will have straighter teeth than they originally had. Because of the aligners and the speed treatment is complete CFast can be cheaper than other more traditional teeth straightening treatments.

Invisible Braces

We use clear braces or invisible braces to help gently and professionally move your teeth to achieve that smile you deserve without using unsightly metal braces. These braces are nearly invisible similar to Invisalign and in most cases will take about six months to straighten your teeth.

Finance & Payment Plans

We are able to offer 0% finance to help you spread the cost of your dental treatment.

If you are interested in finding out how Leigh Dental Centre can help you achieve the smile you want today, call 01702 472929 to book a consultation appointment today.

Frequently asked questions about teeth straightening

1. Do I have to have any teeth extracted?

It may sometimes be necessary to remove teeth to ensure the best possible outcome for your teeth straightening treatment. The dentist will need to perform a full assessment to determine the best treatment plan to meet your needs. 

2. What is the age limit for teeth straightening?

The is no age limit for teeth straightening. The only criterion is that you are dentally fit, which does become more difficult as you age.

3. How long will it take to straighten my teeth?

This will depend on the number of teeth to be moved and the complexity of

the overcrowding. Some treatments can be completed in as little as 12 weeks while more complex cases can take up to 2 years. The dentist will be able to provide you with an expected timeline prior to you starting treatment. 

4. Do you offer Invisalign?

Yes, we do, and it is one of our most popular treatment options. Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible so no one will be able to tell that you are having treatment. This makes them a great choice for professionals in client-facing jobs or teenagers who don’t want to be seen to be wearing braces.

5. Is teeth straightening painful?

You will experience some discomfort for a few days following a change in aligners or an adjustment of your braces, but this should be easily managed with over-the-counter painkillers. 

6. Aren’t braces solely cosmetic?

Many people do get braces for cosmetic reasons, but straight teeth also have many health benefits. Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Straight teeth also help to spread the biting pressure evenly across all teeth, reducing the risk of wear and tear from an uneven bite and temporal mandibular joint problems. 

7. Will I need to wear retainers following treatment?

In order to ensure that your teeth do not regress back to their original position, no matter what teeth straightening treatment you undertake, you will need to wear retainers. 

8. Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, we are able to offer payment plans. We want to ensure that monetary considerations should not prove to be a barrier to accessing teeth straightening and with our 0% finance you can spread the cost into manageable monthly amounts. 

If you are interested in undergoing teeth straightening do not hesitate to contact Leigh Dental Centre on 01702 472929 or email info@​leighdentalcentre.​co.​uk and we will be able to book you in to start your journey to straighter teeth.