Teeth alignment is an important factor for an attractive smile. However, proper alignment is also desirable for other reasons. Straight teeth can be easier to brush and floss, which can reduce your risk of developing cavities or gum disease. Crooked teeth might also interfere with your ability to chew and speak, or even cause irritation to your gums or cheeks. Straightening your teeth usually requires some variety of braces. Here are some options you might consider:
Your dentist might want you to wear traditional braces, depending on the condition of your teeth. These stay in permanently until your treatment is complete, which could take a couple of years. Moving adult teeth can take longer than moving teeth in kids and teens since bones in adults are finished growing and set. The advantage of choosing traditional braces is that you wear them permanently so there isn't a problem with being tempted to remove the braces when you feel like it. If you don't leave the braces in all day and night, your results will come much slower. Traditional braces are available in different styles such as metal brackets, clear brackets, and brackets that fit behind your teeth so you have some control over how the braces look.
Aligner trays may also be an option for straightening your teeth. These are clear trays you can remove for short periods. An advantage of these trays is that they are clear so they're nearly invisible. They also allow you to keep up with good oral hygiene since you remove them to brush. Plus, you can eat any foods you want since the trays are removed when you eat. A concern with aligner trays is that you may be tempted to leave them out too long during the day. However, as long as you keep them in and wear them to work, then you may prefer this form of straightening your teeth.
Accelerated braces use technology that helps your teeth move into their new position much quicker. These work in different ways, but they stimulate your teeth and bone to hasten the new alignment. For instance, you may need to use a device every day that delivers vibrations to your teeth. This device works with traditional braces and aligner trays, and it significantly reduces the time it takes to get your new smile. However, you'll need to wear a retainer faithfully after the treatments so your teeth stay in their new position.
Talk to your dentist about your desire to straighten your teeth and get recommendations for the best method to use. If you have concerns about the appearance of braces due to your job, then let your dentist know so a solution can be found that results in straighter teeth and an improved smile.