How can I straighten my lower teeth

How can crooked teeth be straightened without braces?

Crooked teeth can have a number of causes. A genetic predisposition to misaligned teeth cannot be dismissed out of hand. Even minor “sins” in childhood, such as thumb sucking, can lead to crooked teeth in adolescence and adulthood. Misaligned teeth cannot always be consistently avoided. However, there are various measures to keep or get straight teeth without using braces.

Correcting or straightening crooked teeth with the help of braces is the best method of choice, especially in childhood or adolescence. If you want to have your teeth straightened in adulthood, this is a bit more time-consuming and you often cannot avoid an operation. If there is not enough space, teeth sometimes have to be removed or an operation on the jaw has to be performed. Braces or their alternatives, such as aligners, also help some adults.

However, there are a few things you should be aware of so that pronounced misaligned teeth don't stand a chance.

Make sure to close gaps in your teeth

Teeth that fall out leave gaps. With milk teeth it is of course normal that they fall out in childhood; after all, space has to be created for the permanent teeth. If, on the other hand, you lose teeth as an adult, for example in an accident or because a tooth has to be extracted, this can lead to misalignments of the remaining teeth, because there is suddenly an unfamiliar space in the dentition where the neighboring teeth tend to fill it up. In this case, the dentist or orthodontist speaks of the existing teeth beginning to "wander" and subsequently becoming crooked. If such gaps are closed with partial dentures, implants or bridges, the existing teeth cannot migrate and shift.

Disturbing wisdom teeth should get out

When the time comes, one should have one's wisdom teeth pulled. This is especially useful if the other teeth already have little space in the mouth or if the wisdom teeth should grow crooked and crosswise. In this case, the other teeth can shift significantly. The best thing to do is to have the dentist x-ray the jaw regularly in order to be able to determine at an early stage the status of the wisdom teeth. If the dentist gives the green light, the removal of wisdom teeth should not be postponed, as this not only risks unnecessary pain and complications, but also crooked teeth.

Find the orthodontist you can trust

Crooked teeth are a sensitive issue for many people. For this reason, it is important to know a good and experienced orthodontist who can get a complete picture of the dental system. For this purpose, he can, for example, take an impression of the teeth or take X-rays. In this way, the expert can very quickly recognize the possibilities and limits of correcting crooked teeth and explain his opinion on how crooked teeth can be corrected in individual cases even without braces.

By the way, it can't hurt to get a second opinion. The selection of orthodontists is sufficient, especially in large cities, and it can be worthwhile to visit several orthodontists first and then ultimately decide on the doctor with whom you can build the most trust.

This is how crooked teeth can be straightened

The best known method for straightening crooked teeth is the classic braces. However, this is not an optimal solution for those affected for several reasons. On the one hand, they have an optical problem with it, because the classic braces are attached to the front of the teeth - they can be seen with every smile. It also makes cleaning teeth and gums more difficult - precisely because it is firmly attached. In addition, the braces can be uncomfortable in the mouth and cause irritation. The affected patients therefore prefer gentler and more "invisible" solutions.

A gentle option: aligner rails

Instead of conventional braces, caps or splints can be placed on the rows of teeth to straighten them. If the attending physician and the patient decide in favor of such aligner splints (e.g. Invisalign®), an impression of the teeth is first made. This enables the dentist to see whether the teeth can be straightened in this way. Then, with the help of special software, an individual treatment plan is created before the transparent splints are produced individually for the patient.

The patient must then wear each set of splints for a period of two weeks so that the teeth can be gently brought into the correct position. The splints are simply placed on the rows of teeth and can be removed at any time for tooth cleaning. Another advantage is that the transparent splints are far less noticeable than fixed braces.

An alternative: lingual braces

Lingual braces work on the same principle as conventional braces: The teeth are slowly brought into the correct position by means of wires. However, there is one big difference to conventional braces: Lingual braces are attached to the inside of the rows of teeth - so they are far less noticeable than conventional braces. Lingual braces must be worn for a period of six to 24 months, depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth.