Do you have crooked teeth but don’t know which dental treatment to utilize to treat it? Maybe you’re self-conscious about smiling or laughing or eating in public because of how your teeth look? Maybe you think traditional metal braces are the only treatment that can straighten your crooked teeth. You don’t need to go on worrying about your crooked or improperly spaced teeth anymore. Meet with your area dentist today to discuss what cosmetic dentistry can do to help you straighten those crooked teeth. It may not be as difficult as you fear.
Though traditional metal braces can certainly straighten your teeth no matter what age you are, most adults don’t want to endure this process for what may even be a second time in their lives. Cosmetic dentists and patients usually prefer other more discreet options such as porcelain dental veneers, invisible braces or dental bonding. Dr. Paul W. Karpovich in Timonium, MD would like to present your tooth-straightening options.
Dental veneers are mounted on top of crooked teeth, giving your teeth the appearance of being straight with relatively little discomfort as there is with braces. Some dentists even consider porcelain veneers to be a suitable alternative to invisible clear braces (detailed below) depending on the severity of your condition. Your dentist will be able to determine if porcelain veneers or invisible braces are the best solution for you. As they are constructed of porcelain, veneers are resistant to stains and can last a long time — sometimes more than twenty years. The downside to veneers over invisible braces is that they do not actually correct the problem which may lead to problems with tooth decay or overcrowding in years to come.
Dental bonding is another painless means of altering the appearance of uneven or crooked teeth. Your dentist applies a composite resin to the front surface of the problem tooth or teeth. Bonding, also referred to as cosmetic bonding, is the ideal for closing those annoying gaps between teeth, correcting the appearance of misshapen teeth and even lightening dark or yellowed teeth.
Because it is applied to the surface of the enamel, cosmetic bonding is a minimally invasive procedure. There is no need for needles or anesthesia to apply bonding resin and it can be applied in a single office visit. Cosmetic bonding produces natural-looking results, allowing you to feel free to once again smile as freely as you want.
Most people have heard about invisible braces and for good reason. This relatively new solution for crooked and crowded teeth is quickly replacing traditional braces as the primary treatment for straightening teeth. Clear braces are custom-fitted to your mouth and will straighten your teeth regardless of whether you are a teen or even a full-grown adult. The translucent aligners that are part of the treatment are meant to be worn at least 22 hours a day but can be removed for eating and oral hygiene and are easy to clean, themselves, as well.
Invisible braces are usually able to produce the desired results in six months to two years. The exact length of time you will need for improvement will depend on several factors including the severity of your crooked teeth to whether or not there is a need for a bite adjustment. Your cosmetic dentist will be able to give you the specifics for your case. The best part of invisible braces is that nobody will be able to tell you’re wearing them.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Timonium, MD
You don’t need to feel self-conscious about your smile when a cosmetic dentist can bring out the best in it. A cosmetic dentist can correct alignment issues or even just the appearance of crooked teeth. If you want to enhance your smile and your confidence, then give Dr. Karpovich in Timonium, MD call at (410) 221-3085 or contact us online.