What is cosmetic teeth straightening?
Cosmetic teeth straightening, also known as social orthodontics or short-term orthodontics, is an aesthetic treatment to straighten the front teeth in as little as six months. Solely focusing on your front teeth, forming the visible ‘social smile,’ cosmetic teeth straightening is only suitable for those seeking a cosmetic fix. With the bone at the front teeth being less dense than at the back, treatment can take much less time.
For cosmetic teeth straightening, your dentist may recommend removable aligners, or clear brackets and a tooth-colour wire on your front teeth. Both methods are less noticeable than traditional braces and gradually straighten the teeth.
If you have a clinical need for teeth straightening, you will need to opt for more traditional braces, as cosmetic braces won’t improve the way you bite, or the way your teeth function. Since cosmetic straightening isn’t a suitable option for everyone, you’ll need to attend a consultation with your dentist to find out what the right option is for you.
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