Did you develop crooked teeth as an adult or were your crooked teeth never fixed in your youth? If you suffer from an unappealing smile due to misaligned teeth, cosmetic dentistry offers several treatment options to correct your problem as an adult.
Invisible braces are placed behind the teeth, making them less obvious. The brackets and wires are designed specifically to fit each tooth, making them highly effective. Treatment with invisible braces, also called “lingual” braces, is usually complete in six months to one year.
Another alternative to traditional braces are clear braces like Invisalign. This treatment straightens your teeth with clear plastic trays or aligners. The trays require little maintenance and minimal adjustments.
Porcelain veneers are different from straightening options like braces in that they do not actually move your teeth; they reshape them. To place veneers, a small amount of your tooth material is removed and replaced with a thin layer of ceramic material. This process creates a straight, even line of teeth.
Cosmetic bonding is a procedure that utilizes a tooth-colored composite resin material to bond to the face of the tooth, changing the shape and therefore giving the appearance of a straighter smile. Cosmetic bonding works best for one or two slightly crooked front teeth.
In some cases, your cosmetic dentist may recommend a combination of these procedures to provide the best overall result. You may, for example, start with Invisalign to straighten your teeth, and then correct a smaller tooth with an individual veneer.
If you are tired of your crooked smile, consult with a qualified cosmetic dentist to learn more about the treatment options available to straighten your teeth. In very little time, you can look forward to enjoying a lifetime of straight, beautiful smiles.