Teeth in proper alignment allow us to chew and speak efficiently, smile with confidence, and keep them cleaner and healthier. However, there are only a fortunate few who naturally have the ideal of straight teeth. The rest of us with crooked teeth are not without hope of achieving a straight smile, so what options are out there?
Not just for kids! This classic standby of metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands continues to be a highly effective means of restoring teeth to a functional and esthetic alignment. The length of time needed to complete treatment varies depending upon your individual treatment needs.
Metal-free braces can include the use of ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wire, so that your orthodontia is not as visible. Another option would be to try a graduated series of customized trays which (when worn diligently) discreetly and gently shift your teeth into proper position.
Dental veneers are a great option for mild cases of crooked front teeth. Veneers are thin porcelain fronts which are affixed to top front teeth to build up any discrepancies caused by unequal tooth-positioning. Veneers give your teeth a uniform surface, when viewed from the front. Because they don’t affect the position of the teeth, veneers can provide the quickest cosmetic solution.
It is vital to keep in mind that no option can be deemed “perfect” for you until your orthodontic needs are fully-assessed by an experienced practitioner. Not every one of the above-mentioned methods will work for just any case. Talk with your dentist to begin developing a plan of action for meeting your orthodontic needs.
Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
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