Many people suffer through life with dental problems, for one simple reason— they don’t want to deal with braces. Maybe they fear the social awkwardness associated with braces, or the pain of the process, or the discomfort of a mouth full of metal brackets and wires. Whatever the underlying reason, these individuals may go for years with abnormal teeth, crooked smiles, or uncomfortable bites. Discover some ways that teeth can be adjusted and corrected without the use of traditional metal braces.

Identifying the Problems

When you visit a Singapore dental clinic, your dentist will check your teeth thoroughly and evaluate your current condition. Then he or she will likely suggest some adjustments that need to be made in order to achieve the attractive, comfortable smile you deserve. Chances are, you already know about most of the problems that your Singapore dentist will mention; but you may not realise that you have several treatment options available.

Retainers

If there is a bite issue, along with crooked teeth that need correction, a retainer may be a feasible alternative to braces. Removable retainers are usually formed from acrylic and customised to fit your mouth. They typically have wires that run along the front of the teeth and help the retainer stay in place; but there are no metal brackets to worry about.

Fixed retainers are attached with dental cement, and they are a more long-term solution for correcting overcrowding or a faulty bite. However, you can’t take fixed retainers out yourself; you’ll need a dentist to do it.

Headgear and Appliances

Sometimes, a patient’s jaw has deeper issues that need correction. Special appliances or headgear may be designed to address issues like an extreme overbite or other malocclusions. Headgear and larger types of appliances are very obvious and can cause some distress and discomfort, so they are reserved for severe cases.

Palatal Expanders

In some cases, your teeth may simply be overcrowded. There just isn’t enough space in the upper arch of your jaw to accommodate all the teeth, so some of them get pushed out of place. Your dentist may suggest the use of a special retainer, called a palate expander, to widen the palate or arch so that the teeth have more room.

A palatal expander has a mechanism in place for gradually widening the arch and making room for crowded teeth. Often there is a small screw in the center of the retainer, and the dentist will insert a key into it during each visit and widen the expander a bit. This prompts the growth of additional bone between the left and right halves of the jaw. A palatal expander is often used for pre-teens whose mouths are not large enough for all their grown-up teeth.

Invisalign

Fortunately, there is another alternative to braces, retainers, appliances, and palatal expanders. In many cases, Invisalign clear aligners can correct bite issues, straighten crooked teeth, and make more room for adult teeth. While Invisalign cannot correct the most severe problems, it is a viable solution in many cases. Ask your Singapore dentist at Orchard Scotts Dental about the possibility of using Invisalign to comfortably and discreetly correct your dental issues.

Source: Colgate Oral Care (n.d.)