5 Best Options for Straightening Your Teeth at Home

Find out how you can straighten your teeth naturally at home!

There have been numerous modern technological advances in the dental industry. These days, metal braces are not the only option available anymore when you are needing your teeth straightened or aligned.

5 Best Options for Straightening Your Teeth at Home
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It is always best to be evaluated by a professional that can perform tests and evaluate your specific needs, but after that comes the option of using online platforms to order supplies that you need. That includes complete kits designed to help you adjust your teeth at home.

These are viable options if you have already seen a professional dentist or orthodontist because you will know what your specific set of teeth needs to straighten out.

Manipulating your teeth to readjust themselves is both a manual and biological process. As your teeth are straightening, the bones that they are connected to will slowly dissolve, and rebuild in the direction that is needed. It’s important for you to see a specialist that can direct you in the proper ways of straightening your teeth at home.

With that in mind, let us look at five viable options available to you for straightening your teeth at home.

Nighttime Aligners

This tray system works by wearing them throughout the night while you are sleeping. This method will take longer to straighten your teeth, since they will only be in place for eight to 10 hours out of a 24-hour period, on average. The biggest draw of this choice is that you do not have to deal with them while you are trying to get through your day.

The best way to get the proper impressions is to see a tooth specialist in your area, but it is possible to get a kit through an online vendor. Either way, you will need to get an impression of your teeth and have the tray designed to adjust the teeth in the proper direction. As your teeth begin to shift you will need to replace the trays to continue moving the teeth in the direction needed, one small amount at a time.

Invisalign

This has become one of the most popular treatment options when it comes to straightening teeth at home. This is another tray system, except that it will need to be worn for up to 22 hours a day, only being removed to eat and clean. The impressions to make the removable liner will need to be made at an orthodontist’s office that can offer Invisalign in London Ontario.

The Invisalign system gives you the best option for straightening your teeth, without having to use the unsightly metal braces that were common up until a few decades ago. Keep in mind that these clear liners will need to be reformed every couple of weeks to accomplish the task, and they are only advised for use in people that only need small to minor adjustments in their teeth.

Online Clear Aligners

There is a form of Invisalign that can be obtained without ever having to go into a specialist’s office, available through online companies. You will need to contact the company that you are choosing and have them send you a kit that will make impressions of your teeth. This will need to be sent back to them so they can produce the clear aligners that you will be wearing.

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You will need to wear them for most of the day, and you will need to make new impressions every couple of weeks to allow the company to update the aligner that they design. As your teeth shift in the direction required a new clear aligner will need to be made and worn.

Retainers

A retainer is a tray system that is designed to keep your teeth in place after they have been adjusted by using one of the other options listed. The main task that they have is to prevent your teeth from moving back into the position that they were in before you went through the trouble of wearing a set of plastic trays to straighten your teeth.

Impressions will need to be made so the retainers can be molded and manufactured to fit your specific mouth. If you are wanting your teeth to adjust themselves more than they already have you can have the retainer made to produce a slight amount of pressure against your teeth, which will slowly move them into place.

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Endnote

Braces are no longer the only option when it comes to straightening your teeth. It is still best if you go to a professional so they can evaluate your needs and offer suggestions on what type of treatment plan you decide to use.

Keep in mind that all the suggestions covered here are designed to help straighten teeth that only need a little help. If you have a serious dental condition that requires massive amounts of work you may still be stuck getting metal braces that can get you on the way to having bright, straight, healthy teeth.

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Dr. Steven Lin, B.D

Dr. Steven Lin is a dentist, speaker, and author of the upcoming book, The Dental Diet (January 18’). His work aims to bridge the gap

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