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Straighter Teeth

Which Teeth Straightening Procedure is Right for You?

There are few people that can claim that their teeth are naturally straight. Most people that have straight teeth within their adult years can usually accredit the fact to a dentist who was able to catch the issue early and correct the problem before adulthood. They may also may have had cosmetic dentistry. Some people may not think that teeth that are slightly askew, crooked or spaced are a real problem, but anything less than a perfect smile can sometimes give others a negative perception of you as a person.

Teeth straightening procedures have come a long way within the past few decades and are not only suitable for adolescent patients. Many adults are enjoying a perfect smile with some of the most advanced teeth straightening procedures available.


We have all seen those kids on popular television shows teased for wearing elaborate head gear that resembles an otherworldly device. Fortunately the orthodontics of today are far less invasive on the wearer’s social life.

How do they straighten teeth?

It’s a simple process of placing a specific amount of pressure upon the teeth. The orthodontics work with brackets, bonding material, arch wire, and ligature elastics to slowly shape the teeth to the point where they become straight and orderly.

How long do braces take to straighten teeth?

The answer depends on the amount of straightening that needs to occur. In some instances, it may only take a few months. Limited Cosmetic Orthodontics can usually be accomplished in about 6 months with Six Month Smiles. The brackets and wires are tooth colored and are hardly visible.

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Does Orthodontics hurt?

Orthodontics may be uncomfortable and even hurt a little in the beginning while the wearer is getting used having the brackets and wires within the mouth. They may also hurt after being adjusted because the tightening of the system will put pressure on the wearer’s gums. The discomfort can be alleviated by oral OTC pain relievers. It is recommended that the wearer eat soft foods at first and avoid eating foods that are sticky in nature or have a hard exterior. These braces pain tips can help you avoid discomfort.

How to Straighten Teeth Without Braces

Braces are not the only way to straighten your teeth. New methods such as teeth aligners have made it easier and less invasive to straighten your teeth. This procedure sometimes takes a little longer than brackets and wires.

How does teeth straightening feel when you use a teeth aligner?

The feeling is barely felt at all because the teeth are slowly guided into place by the progression of the aligners bringing the teeth into alignment. There may be a bit of discomfort when a new aligner is inserted, but it is very short lived. It is the closest thing to pain-free teeth straightening that you are likely to find with the current technology available.

How to Make Teeth Straighter Fast

There are times where you may want to take the time to straighten teeth the old-fashioned way that takes a considerable amount of time, but there are faster ways to straighten teeth. Porcelain veneers can be used to straighten crooked teeth and to close spaces as well. The results can be both beautiful and immediate. Porcelain veneers are ultra thin but durable sheets of porcelain that cover the front surface of the tooth. They are very natural looking and can result in an amazing smile. Your smile can be transformed in a few weeks.

Where to Ask For Consultation

If you are constantly concerned about how straight your teeth are, there is no time to waste in having your teeth straightened by a professional cosmetic dentist exactly the way you want it done. At Susan McMahon Cosmetic Dentistry, we are the accredited cosmetic dentist office you have been looking for to help you get the smile you deserve. Your smile is the first thing people notice about you and it is your obligation to ensure that you put your best foot, or rather tooth, forward in all that you do. Come into our office today and give us the opportunity to make your smile shine no matter where you go.

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