Questions and Answers About Straight Teeth
What are my options for straighter teeth?
You have 3 options if you would like straighter teeth:
Dental Bonding (Immediate Veneers)
This is one of the simplest forms of cosmetic dentistry and involves your dentist applying a small amount of tooth coloured composite material to the surface of your teeth.
Dental bonding can be used to build teeth forwards which are too far back and need realigning, as well as covering a single dark tooth.
Dental bonding is also often the lowest cost option, it is performed in the dentist's clinic directly onto your tooth and often does not require any injections, impressions or waiting for the final restoration to be delivered from a dental technician.
The most common form of dental bonding is in the use of
These are high-strength dental restorations made by an extensively trained and skilled dental technician. They can be used to realign crooked teeth, particularly if those teeth are too far back and need bringing forwards.
Many patients like the immediacy of dental veneers over orthodontics, dental bonding company performed whilst you wait, dental veneers take approximately 2 weeks whilst other orthodontic procedures can take from three months up to 2 years.
Orthodontics is often the most 'tooth kind' way of straightening teeth. It generally involves little or no destruction of natural tooth tissue (unlike some dental veneers) and works with your natural teeth to move them into a new position.
Orthodontics does however take much longer than bonding or veneers and you can expect to have orthodontic braces from approximately 3 months up to 2 years, depending on the type of brace you have.
How much does treatment cost?
The cheapest option for straightening crooked teeth is to opt for dental bonding, the simplest form of tooth straightening is bonding which starts from £65.29 (for patients on our dental health plan), this would be for a simple single tooth with very minor corrections.
Dental veneers/crowns are from £450.
We currently refer any orthodontic patients out to an external orthodontist, we believe that orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry and should only be undertaken by dentists with additional training in this area. You can expect orthodontic treatments with braces to start from around £2000.
Why should I have my teeth straightened?
Did you know that straighter teeth are also healthier teeth? The most difficult to reach areas when cleaning your teeth are in between. This is where the cavity causing bacteria lurk the most in the form of dental plaque.
If your teeth are particularly twisted, crooked or rotated it can be even more difficult to clean in these already difficult to reach areas.
If your teeth are difficult to clean in these areas with floss or small brushes then bacteria can build up and cavities can form.
On the whole, straighter teeth are easier to clean with small brushes and floss and therefore easier to clean in these into proximal areas.
How long will treatment take?
It depends on the type of teeth straightening procedure you opt for:
Minor tooth straightening on a single can be corrected with dental bonding in a one hour appointment.
Minor to intermediate tooth straightening can be accomplished with dental veneers, this will take approximately 3 weeks from start to finish with two or three appointments at your dentist.
Intermediate to major teeth straightening can be accomplished with orthodontics, this takes anything from three months up to 2 years.
Can straightening damage teeth?
If you have orthodontics this is the most 'tooth friendly' form of straightening teeth. It simply requires bonding brackets to the fronts or insides of your teeth, attaching wires to these brackets, moving your teeth and then removing the brackets at the end of treatment. sometimes removable orthodontics can also be used.
With orthodontics, all of your teeth remain intact, but in a new position.
If you have
dental veneers or
bonding it may be necessary to remove a thin outer layer from your tooth in order to accept the new bonding or veneer material. This is generally anywhere between 0.5 and 1 mm, so it is fractional but it is removing to structure, nonetheless.
So long as removal of this to structure is planned and controlled, which it should be, then no damage should happen to your teeth.