Advances in dentistry have led to a variety of teeth straightening options to fit the unique needs of each patient. Some of these treatments can create straight, uniform teeth in a fraction of the time of traditional braces while being discreet and unnoticeable. To find out which treatments are suitable for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Cherry Creek cosmetic dentist David Redford. In the meantime, you can read here to learn about the top teeth straightening treatments.
Invisalign® orthodontics treatment offers tooth alignment over a 12 to 48-month time span. Invisalign® uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners, eliminating the embarrassing appearance of metal braces. The aligning trays can be removed while eating or brushing for added comfort and improved oral hygiene. Because Invisalign® doesn’t use metal wires or brackets, patients find this treatment to be less painful than traditional orthodontics. Many patients choose Invisalign® treatment over traditional metal braces for its comfort, convenience, and aesthetics.
Instant Orthodontics with Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are tooth-shaped shells designed to mask dental flaws. When used as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of mildly crooked teeth, creating perfectly straight teeth. Instant orthodontics treatment not only improves the alignment of the teeth, it can also improve overall aesthetics such as tooth whiteness, shape, and size. Instant orthodontics are a popular choice for those with mild alignment issues, as a perfectly straight smile can be achieved in as little as two dental appointments and without the need for painful, embarrassing braces.
Though traditional metal braces are not thought of as the most aesthetically appealing option for teeth straightening, they do offer amazing results. Traditional metal braces are best for those with severe alignment issues as they can transform even the most crooked teeth. Traditional metal braces restructure the alignment of the teeth using brackets and wires. As the brackets and wires are tightened, the teeth gradually shift to proper alignment. This process generally takes 18 to 48 months. After the teeth reach the desired alignment and the braces are removed, a retainer must be worn to ensure the teeth maintain their new position.
The Benefits of Teeth Straightening Treatments
Living with crooked, crowded teeth can not only make you feel embarrassed, it can also make properly caring for your teeth difficult, as plaque and bacteria can collect between overlapping teeth. Being better able to care for your teeth is just one of the many benefits of teeth straightening treatment. Some other important benefits include:
- Improved aesthetics: Of course, improved aesthetics are a major benefit of teeth straightening treatments. Teeth straightening treatments create beautiful smiles patients love to show-off.
- Improved alignment: For some people, misaligned teeth, also called malocclusion, can actually impair dental function, making eating and chewing difficult or even painful. Teeth straightening improves alignment, which can help alleviate the discomfort caused by malocclusion.
- Improved confidence: Improved confidence is an added benefit of having a perfectly straight smile.
Find Out Which Treatment Is Right for You
You don’t have to be embarrassed by crooked, misaligned teeth. Schedule a consultation to find out which teeth straightening treatment is right for you.