Top Unknown Facts of Teeth Straightening Treatment You Must Know

Crooked and misaligned bites are very common orthodontic problems. There are several reasons why people desire to get their teeth straightened, and different treatments are available for this purpose. People get their teeth straightened to improve the appearance of the teeth or based on a recommendation from the dentist on medical reasons. Whatever the reason behind teeth straightening, one can either use the most common solution – clear braces or traditional braces.

If you have decided to get perfect teeth, this article will guide you to make the right decision when selecting the type of brace, the cost of all the available brace, and affordable teeth straightening treatment in London. Also the benefits of straightening your teeth, other ways to straighten the teeth aside using braces, the advantages, and disadvantages of using home teeth straightening kits.

Benefits of straight teeth

Straightening the teeth is not only important for its aesthetic purpose, but there are also several other reasons why straightening the teeth is important. Straightening your teeth can help avoid all the problems common to crooked teeth like

  • Poor oral hygiene due to difficulty in cleaning the teeth – it is very difficult to clean misaligned teeth properly. This leads to the build-up of plaques which causes tooth decay
  • Problems with speech
  • Difficulty in eating
  • Muscle strains
  • Damage to other teeth

People with crooked teeth tend to be very self-conscious and have low self-esteem. Straightening the teeth improves a person’s appearance, boosts self-confidence and perfect smile.

Teeth straightening options in the UK

There are different ways dentists use to straighten crooked teeth. Braces are a greatly considered option that comes to mind when it comes to teeth straightening. The different types of braces include

  • Invisible aligners
  • Traditional metal braces
  • Clear or tooth-coloured ceramic braces

Other teeth straightening options include

  • Veneers
  • Retainers
  • Home teeth straightening kits

In some cases, surgery may be used to treat some malocclusions like underbite, overbite, open bite, and crossbite.

Can teeth straightening be done at any age?

Teeth straightening can be done at any stage in a person’s life, but it is best to straighten the teeth during the teenage stage before the teeth roots, and jaw bone gets fully developed. Children need to get regular dental check-ups to identify any dental problems on time and plan towards getting treatment. Adults can still straighten their teeth and get a good result. You can always get your teeth fixed at any age because the position of our teeth can be altered as we grow older.

The different types of braces for straightening teeth

The different types of braces for straightening adults’, teens’, and children’s teeth are as follows

  • Metal Braces

It is the only option available on the NHS and one of the cheapest way to straighten teeth with braces. Metal braces have small elastic bands, metal brackets, and wires that help to position the teeth properly. The wires are adjusted at regular intervals until the teeth are finally straightened. The colour of the elastic bands can be changed to add style to the brace.

Self-ligating metal braces do not use the elastic bands but an auto-adjustment technique that doesn’t need frequent visits to the dentist for adjustments.

  • Clear Braces

Unlike the traditional metal braces, clear braces are less noticeable. They make use of clear or tooth-coloured ceramic materials but work the same way as the traditional metal braces.

  • Invisalign Braces

They are also referred to as invisible braces. They are the most popular type of invisible braces used by adults and children who want to straighten their teeth without anyone noticing the braces and they are also economic for the purpose they serve.

Invisalign clear aligners are best for mild corrections of front teeth. Your dentist can give you a full guide to invisible braces. They apply pressure to straighten the teeth. Changing of aligners is to be done every two to three weeks, and visits to the dentist are every four to six weeks

  • Lingual Braces

Lingual braces which are also known by some people as hidden braces. They are attached next to the tongue at the back of the teeth; they are only visible when the mouth is open. They are by far the least noticeable form of braces but the most expensive. 

Straightening teeth without braces

Although braces are the most common and effective way to straighten misaligned teeth. For those who desire to straighten their teeth and avoid the traditional metal mouth at the same time, invisible braces can be used. There are other ways to get the work done depending on the severity of the misalignment. These alternative teeth straightening methods are discussed below.

  • Using a retainer

Retainers can be used to straighten teeth when the misalignment is a minor one but the primary function of retainers is to keep the teeth in position after orthodontic work.

There are two types of retainers- metal and clear. Both can be used to straighten the teeth, but the result will be nothing close to that of braces. Clear retainers look just like clear aligner braces, but they work differently.

Using retainers to straighten teeth is an affordable option, especially when the correction is a minor one, or you have used braces in the past. The retainer is adjusted with time as treatment proceeds. It is better to go for other options like braces, especially when the misalignment is complicated.

  • Using veneers

Veneers can make the teeth look straighter, but they do not actually change its position. This only works for cases that are not complicated or to close little gaps between the teeth. To use a veneer, part of the crooked teeth or tooth is drilled down, and a porcelain veneer is applied over the top. The procedure is usually done by a dentist. This makes the teeth look straight even if the original teeth are still crooked.

Veneers are an economical way to straighten the teeth, and it is also a faster option. It requires just two appointments, and you are good to go.

However, veneers need to be changed to new ones or crowns after 5 – 10 years. Before you get a veneer, you should consider the damage it causes since part of the enamel will be removed before the veneer is applied.

  • Contouring and bonding

Part of the misaligned teeth like the rough edges or protruding parts is drilled down, and other areas of the teeth are built with composite material. It makes the teeth look straighter without altering the original position of the teeth.

Teeth straightening at home

Some people may decide to cut cost and straighten their teeth at home without visiting the dentist. Below are some ways to get straight teeth at home. 

  • Teeth straightening kits

Teeth straightening kits are a very common and cheap option of straightening the teeth in the UK. Visiting the dentist is not necessary; all the necessary things are delivered and sent by post.

The company sends a kit that can be used to get the impression of your teeth; the company then uses the impression taken to make a suitable treatment plan. Clear aligners are sent to you within specific intervals depending on the treatment plan.  

Home teeth straightening kits can correct mild teeth misalignment, but they come with some downsides. There is no direct contact with a professional, although pictures and videos may be sent, they are not as good as one-on-one contact with the dentist. The aligners are made only from the impressions sent by the patients, and it is possible that the patient may not take the correct impression and this affects the entire process negatively.

There is no professional to monitor the progress of the treatment, unlike when you visit a dentist, the treatment gets to be monitored, and necessary changes can be made on the initial treatment plan. 

Notwithstanding all these downsides, home straightening kits have been used by a lot of persons to get straighter teeth. It is necessary to be very careful when choosing the company if you decide to use this option.

  • Straightening the teeth naturally by mewing

Mewing is another home teeth straightening technique, although its benefits are not proven. It involves pushing the tongue to rest on the roof of the mouth until it becomes the resting place of the mouth. Mewing expands the palate and is effective for people who have overcrowded teeth, but it has little effect on severely misaligned teeth, it is best to use braces in such cases. 

Cost of Teeth straightening in the UK

 The table below shows the approximate cost of the different types of teeth straightening methods available in the UK. It also shows the cheapest way to straighten teeth in London as well as the expensive ones.

 
Treatment Cost Advantages 
Metal Braces £1500 - £3000 Cheapest type of brace and available on the NHS
Ceramic Braces £2000 - £5500 Hard to notice especially those made of clear or tooth-coloured material.
Invisalign Braces £1500 - £5500 Removable and not easily noticed
Lingual Braces £2000 - £10000 Not obvious
Retainers £50 - £300 per device Cheap
Veneers £400 - £1000 per tooth Fast cosmetic fix
Contour and bond £100 - £300 per tooth Fast, and cheap
Home kits  £1400 - £1800 Economical and convenient


From the table above, it shows that the cost of each method varies from others. The cost does not necessarily determine the effectiveness of any method. So when choosing the method to straighten your teeth, it is important to look at other factors and not only the price.

  • Are teeth straightening available on the NHS?

Teeth straightening is free on the NHS for children in cases where the treatment is medically necessary. The NHS guide on teeth straightening provides information on the eligibility requirement of teeth straightening for children Only metal braces, retainers, and surgery (if necessary) are available for children.

Adults usually pay for their treatment except in extreme cases where the misalignment can lead to other medical complications. 

  • The cheapest option to straighten teeth

Home straightening kits are by far the cheapest option, but they have a handful of risks attached to them.

Using a retainer is a cheap way to straighten the teeth, but it can only be used for mild cases. Severe cases require the use of braces, and the cheapest way to straighten teeth with braces is with the traditional metal brace.

The cost of invisible braces like Invisalign clear aligners is almost the same as traditional metal braces, especially if the treatment is just for a short while.

To get the best price for teeth straightening treatment, it is advisable to compare the prices from various dentists or go for a dentist that makes the payment affordable by allowing patients to pay in instalment.

Conclusion

When deciding on the type of treatment for straightening misaligned teeth, be it a mild or severe case, there are several factors to consider.

Braces are the most common treatment option in the UK. Your dentist can give you a full guide on invisible braces and all other types of braces. With the guide, you can decide to go for the traditional metal ones or the ceramic brackets that are fixed to the teeth or the invisible ones that are not obvious.

Home teeth straightening kits come in different brands and specifications. They are the cheapest of all teeth straightening options, but this price comes with several risks. So it is important to understand all the risks involved before you decide to go for this option.

Whatever option you decide to go for, this article is sure to help you understand the entire process. You can also contact us today to book an appointment with our dentists. Our dentists will be happy to provide you the best invisalign special offer up to £1000 at our Dental Clinic London. Call 020 71830527 or send an email to info@dentalclinic.london.