At Far Headingley Dental Care we provide two solutions for Teeth Straightening. These are the ‘Quick Straight Teeth‘ and ‘Six Month Smiles‘ cosmetic short-term orthodontic systems.
What is Teeth Straightening?
Teeth straightening or ‘orthodontic treatment’ is used to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth. Orthodontic treatment can straighten the teeth and move them into a better position.
Having crooked teeth or large gaps between your teeth can cause problems. Food and bacteria could get stuck between the teeth which could cause decay. Similarly, if your teeth stick out, this could cause problems with mouth ulcers and decay, or with speech. Your dentist might suggest that you have your teeth straightened through orthodontics i.e. by wearing a brace.
Traditional teeth straightening
There are two distinct type of teeth straightening available. Traditional orthodontics uses devices such as braces to correct the position of the teeth. Your exact treatment will depend on the problems with your teeth. In some cases you may need to have some teeth removed as part of your treatment. For traditional orthodontic teeth straightening the length of treatment will depend on how complicated the problem is, but it’s usually between 18 and 24 months.
NHS teeth straightening
If orthodontic treatment is recommended, you may have to decide whether to have treatment privately or via an NHS Orthodontist. NHS orthodontic treatment is free for people under the age of 18 with a clear clinical need for treatment. However, because of the high demand for treatment, there can be a long waiting list for NHS orthodontic treatment.
If you don’t qualify for free NHS treatment, or you don’t want to wait for treatment to start, you may choose to have private treatment. Private treatment is widely available with an average fee of between £2,000 and £6,000.
Cosmetic teeth straightening
Six Month Smiles and Quick Straight Teeth are a modern twist on traditional orthodontics through a technique called ‘Short Term Orthodontics’ and deliver straighter teeth by focusing on straightening a patients front teeth. These systems have taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.
Benefits of cosmetic teeth straightening
- Average treatment times of only six months
- Clear braces are barely visible
- Use of braces has shown to provide the most predictable final result
- Six Month Smiles & Quick Straight Teeth are typically less expensive than traditional braces
How do I look after my teeth with braces?
A common complication of orthodontics is tooth decay. Your mouth is full of bacteria which combine with small food particles and saliva to form a sticky film known as plaque. which leads to plaque and causes the enamel to decay. Many people with braces find it difficult to keep their teeth clean.
Additional brushing is essential during treatment. To reduce your risk of enamel decay, your orthodontist may recommend using toothpaste with high levels of fluoride or a mouthwash that contains fluoride. You should also try to avoid sugary foods and fizzy drinks. Regular dental hygiene visits are also important when you are wearing braces.
Get in touch
To discuss how Far Headingley Dental Care can provide you with teeth straightening, please complete the enquiry form on this page or call our practice on 0113 275 1323 during normal office hours.