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Want an Award-Winning Smile?

If you find it hard to smile in pictures or are constantly worrying whether people can notice your teeth when you talk, then maybe you should consider investing in orthodontic treatment.

In recent years, more and more adults have been researching convenient and efficient ways on how to obtain the smile they desire. If you are one of these people, visiting a dentist in Mackay may help you in making the right choice of dental treatment.

Crooked teeth 

Common in both adults and children, crooked teeth can come with health problems that can be rectified at your dentist. Teeth can either come in crooked, or they can become crooked over time due to habits such as sucking on a pacifier or tongue thrusting, which is when your tongue pushes too far into the mouth, resulting in an ‘open bite’. Having crooked teeth also means that it can be harder to clean and floss which can result in tooth decay or gum disease. If your teeth are causing health issues, an option to consider is getting braces. Although braces are generally considered a treatment for aesthetic purposes, straightening your teeth does also ensure that your teeth remain healthier for longer.

What are your options? 

Braces are considered a great option for individuals of any age as they aim to straighten teeth into their ideal positions improving both appearance and functionality. There is the option of investing in traditional braces, which are a series of metal or clear brackets attached to each tooth, and an archwire that runs through the bracket slots. Traditional braces are known to straighten the most complex dental problems relatively quickly and are also the least expensive type of braces to invest in. Another option to consider is porcelain or ceramic braces which are exactly like traditional braces, however instead of metal, the brackets are either transparent or the same colour as your teeth. If you still do not like the idea of having fixed braces another dental treatment that is proving to be more popular with adults is Invisalign.

Invisalign 

Many dentists in Mackay are providers of Invisalign which are also known as clear aligners. With the aid of digital technology, you are given a set of clear plastic aligners to wear every day for two weeks before discarding and moving on to the next tray. Invisalign is ideal in that not only do you take the plastic aligners off to eat, but you can maintain your oral hygiene regime, as you are able to brush and floss as normal. It is important whilst undergoing your dental treatment to floss regularly to keep your gum line free from plaque. There are also interdental brushes which have bendable heads, these can reach areas of your teeth that are harder to clean.

If you still find it hard to clean your teeth during your dental treatment it is advisable to book regular trips to see your dentist for a hygiene session. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.