When people have crooked teeth they are often reluctant to show their smile. This means that they will do everything to hide their teeth when they smile and showing their teeth can really affect their self-confidence.

Most patients will turn to their dentist for help because they don’t feel confident about their smile. They don’t want to smile in photographs and will often avoid the camera at parties and on special occasions, which can make them look antisocial to others.

Many people with crooked teeth become experts at covering their mouth or will look down at the floor when talking with others to avoid drawing attention to their teeth. This is a lot of hard work and can be exhausting and emotionally draining.

Teeth straightening for improved confidence

What dentists find is that once their patient has completed their teeth straightening treatments their personality really comes out! They no longer shy away from the camera or feel self-conscious about meeting new people.

With most modern teeth straightening treatments, patients can see amazing results in as little as six months. Dentists find that their patients are more relaxed and at ease. They will talk more and smile more during their regular check-ups.

Most common teeth straightening options

The two most common teeth-straightening treatments involve using either invisible aligners or clear braces. These two options give the patient effective treatment while at the same time allowing their treatment to be discreet. These two options are hardly visible, so no one will know you are wearing them.

Invisible aligners are good for mild to moderate tooth crowding. Your dentist will take detailed imprints of your teeth and create a series of aligners that will gently move your teeth into their correct position over time. You can see good results in as little as 6 to 10 months.

Clear braces are an option when aligners are not suitable. Clear braces will discreetly straighten your teeth using clear or tooth-coloured archwires. When you only need your front teeth straightened, clear braces can give great results in around 6 months.