If you aren’t happy with your teeth, it can affect how you feel about yourself. You may find yourself smiling with your mouth shut just so people can’t see your teeth, or subconsciously holding your hand in front of your face while you speak.
To others, this can give the impression that you are shy or standoffish. It can also make you feel like you don’t fit in or like something is wrong with you.
As much as you may feel like there is a spotlight on you every time you open your mouth, crooked teeth are actually far more common than you might think. A large percentage of children and adults alike suffer from crooked teeth.
Because this condition is so prevalent, a number of treatment options have been developed to correct it. One of the most common — particularly among children and teenagers — is to get braces. Braces are metal pieces that are adhered to the teeth and wired together. The wires are tightened or loosened as needed to gently realign the teeth and guide them to the correct position in the mouth.
Another option that some people turn to are retainers. They work in a similar way to braces. However, instead of a series of metal pieces attached to individual teeth, a retainer uses one long piece of metal to realign teeth.
One relatively new option is to get a clear plastic guard that is worn over the teeth. When you are wearing it, it can’t be seen, which makes it far preferable to braces for some people. Additionally, unlike braces, it can be removed from your mouth as needed, making it a far less permanent option.
The best way to determine how to go about straightening your teeth is to make an appointment with your dentist or a local orthodontist. They will be able to evaluate the current condition of your teeth to decide which option is best.
In some cases, depending on the severity of the misalignment, they may even have to use a combination or two of more methods to get your teeth into their proper places. However, modern dentistry is fairly amazing. As long as you have the time and money, dentists and orthodontists can usually help you achieve the perfect smile no matter how crooked your teeth are when you start. Once your teeth are fixed, you will be amazed at how quickly your self confidence starts to rise.