Teeth Straightening Treatment Options
By on February 09, 2016
Traditional braces aren't the only option for straightening your teeth. Advances in dentistry have led to a variety of discreet treatment options to address the appearance of crooked teeth in a fraction of the time of traditional braces. Cosmetic dentistry treatments can treat crooked teeth and mask dental flaws, creating a gorgeous, vibrant smile. To discover which teeth straightening treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with our Clarksville, TN dentist, Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro. In the meantime, learn more about teeth straightening treatment options in this overview.
Instant Orthodontics with Porcelain Veneers
Instant orthodontics treatment uses porcelain veneers to correct mild alignment issues and improve the overall aesthetics of the smile in as little as two dental appointments. During the first appointment, the teeth are prepared and impressions are taken of the teeth. These molds are sent to a dental lab where each porcelain veneer is custom-crafted to the desired shape, size, and color. Temporary veneers will be placed until the custom veneers are ready. Once ready, a second appointment is scheduled to bond the veneers to the front surface of the teeth, instantly correcting the appearance of crooked teeth.
Patients looking for discreet orthodontic treatment may be suitable candidates for Invisalign® treatment. Invisalign® treatment can correct mild to moderate alignment issues using a series of clear trays to reposition the teeth. These trays are comfortable and virtually unnoticeable when worn. They may even be removed while eating and brushing the teeth, making it easy for Invisalign® patients to maintain proper oral hygiene during treatment. Invisalign® treatment generally takes 12 to 48 months to obtain the desired results.
Traditional orthodontics can correct mild to severe alignment issues, making them suitable for patients with even the most extreme alignment problems. With traditional orthodontics, a metal bracket and wire system is applied to the teeth and gently tightened over the course of treatment to properly reposition the teeth. Traditional braces are worn until the desired alignment is obtained, which can take 18 to 48 months. Once the braces are removed, a retainer must be worn to prevent the teeth from shifting out of their new position.
Candidates for Teeth Straightening Treatment
Candidates for teeth straightening range in age from pre-teens to adults. Although the type of teeth straightening treatment will be based on the needs of each patient, those who experience any of the following issues are generally good candidates for treatment.
- Unhappy with the appearance of crooked, uneven looking teeth
- Teeth are crooked or overlap
- Suffer from alignment issues such as an overbite or underbite
- Teeth appear overcrowded
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Ribeiro
Teeth straightening treatment can boost your confidence and give you a smile you can be proud to show off. For more information about teeth straightening treatments, or to find out which treatment is right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ribeiro.
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