Should I Get My Teeth Straightened?

Invisalign BracesIn this ever image-conscious world, more and more people want to have a smile to be proud of. Let’s face it, white, perfectly-aligned teeth look great! Many celebrities have had cosmetic dental work done to brighten and straighten their teeth.

So, should you get your teeth straightened? Well, that’s a very personal choice, but your decision may be influenced by many factors. According to Dr Owain Evans, an orthodontist in Cardiff, there are various considerations:

Teeth Straightening Treatments

The teeth straightening treatment is performed by a specially trained dentist called an Orthodontist – find one at, or visit the Find Orthodontists Facebook page. They will do examination work before undertaking any work so as to establish an appropriate course of treatment which generally comprises two stages:

1. Braces, which help to slowly realign and straighten the teeth. Treatments available include:
◦ Metal braces – these are the type most people are familiar with, where a metal wire is tensioned across the teeth
Ceramic braces are a transparent alternative to metal braces and show the natural look of your teeth
◦ Invisalign – a system for straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces. Their main benefit is that they are almost invisible, as suggested by the name
◦ Lingual systems are applied on the inside surface of the teeth and are therefore truly invisible.
◦ Self-ligating braces have a ligation system

2. Retainers, are  removable braces, and can be worn in the day, or at night if the patient is happy with a slower, less intrusive treatment. They are generally used a period of using one of the braces discussed above.

Whatever system is applied, the patient can expect the teeth straightening treatment to take many months, sometimes in excess of a year.

Teeth Straightening Costs

So, if you are happy to undergo the treatment process, what can you expect to pay.

Costs can vary considerably and if you are not entitled to free healthcare you can expect to pay anything upward of £1,500 for a basic system of dental braces. Some of the more sophisticated systems will cost more but will have the benefit of  greater comfort and a less obtrusive system.