Correct Rotating Teeth

Rotating teeth, teeth that are twisted and facing sideways, can not only ruin your smile but complicate chewing, too. Ask your dentist about orthodontic procedures that can reposition your tooth into a straight smile.

Braces work by putting pressure on your teeth to shift them into a more attractive position. Ask your dentist for referral to an orthodontist, who can discuss which of the many types of braces is right for you. Often, braces come in the form of metal, plastic or ceramic brackets glued to the front of the teeth. These brackets hold a tightening wire in place. The wire is in the shape your orthodontist wants to see your teeth. Once threaded through the brackets, this wire tries to get shift into shape, and moves your teeth along with it. These wires are tightened once a month for a period of up to two and a half years, depending on the severity of your condition. Of these three types of braces, ceramic brackets are the least noticeable, as their translucent colour allows them to blend in with the natural teeth colour. Lingual braces are a similar, even less visible option—the brackets are glued to the back of your teeth. Once the braces come off, you will likely have to wear a retainer for a few months to keep your teeth from shifting. Note that orthodontists will sometimes request that teeth be pulled in order to create room for the newly-straightened teeth to sit into.

A newer and costlier option is Invisalign, a series of plastic, transparent, removable aligners that squeeze the teeth tightly into place. Like braces, Invisalign shifts your teeth into a straighter position. Note that Invisalign might not work for more complex rotations. Ask your dentist if this option will work for you.

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