A smile that’s full of healthy, straight, white teeth is a beautiful thing. It’s also good for your well-being. After all, an attractive smile boosts your confidence and your self-esteem, which can be good for your mental health. What if your teeth aren’t naturally straight? When misalignments or other problems cause problems with your smile, teeth straightening options offer useful solutions. Which type of teeth straightening option is right for you?
Teeth Straightening Options Include:
Strengthen Teeth with Braces and Clear Aligners
When you think about troubled teeth alignment, the treatment that comes to mind is probably braces. However, today’s braces take many forms. In the past, getting braces meant spending months or years with a mouth full of metal. Some patients will need to visit an orthodontist for that kind of teeth straightening treatment plan, but it’s not the only treatment option.
How does a clear aligner work? Patients wear custom-fitted aligners that gently nudge their teeth into the correct position for a set period. Once the teeth are adjusted to fit that aligner, then a new aligner is created to continue adjusting the teeth in the desired position.
The aligners are clear plastic, so they’re virtually invisible. This means that no one needs to know that you’re wearing them to straighten your teeth. Clear Aligners are removable. You don’t have to avoid foods for fear of damaging your braces. You also can brush and floss your teeth normally, instead of navigating traditional braces. With their mix of comfort and convenience, it’s no wonder that clear aligners are a popular pick among both teens and adults.
Straighten Teeth with Crowns
Crowns often don’t make the list of options for straightening teeth. However, if you have a gap in your smile because of a tooth that’s badly damaged or misshaped, a crown may be the perfect fix. After all, a dental crown is basically a cap that covers and restores a broken or damaged tooth. Placing a crown could repair a broken tooth or strengthen a tooth that has a large filling or has undergone a root canal. It can restore both form and function to your smile. The most popular types of towns are: Porcelain Crowns, E-Max Crowns, and CEREC One-Visit Crowns. Talk to you dentist to see which one is best for you.
Composite and Porcelain Veneers
Composite and Porcelain Veneers offer an instant smile makeover. Having veneers installed doesn’t actually straighten your teeth, but it does make them appear straighter. How does it work? Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve their appearance. The sizing and placement of the veneers are designed to create an ideal smile. Veneers are a fantastic way to correct staining, uneven teeth, and uneven spacing.
When your smile needs a tiny tweak, dental bonding might be all that’s necessary to straighten things out. Bonding involves using a composite resin that matches the color of your tooth. The material is applied and molded by the dentist. It can be used for small fillings. It’s also ideal for small cosmetic repairs like fixing cracks or chips or reshaping teeth to create a straighter, more attractive smile.
If you’re struggling with misaligned teeth or just want more confidence when you smile, give us a call. There are the most popular teeth straightening options that we’ve used with patients. At Wekiva Dental, healthy smiles are our passion. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.