Teeth Straightening: What Are Your Options?
By Stephen Rogers on November 03, 2014
Everybody wants a healthy looking smile with a straight and uniform set of teeth. Crooked and otherwise imperfect teeth can be a source of anxiety and frustration, especially for adults who might feel that their dental imperfections are having an impact on their professional or personal lives. If you are frustrated by the appearance of your smile, you have options.
What Are My Teeth Straightening Options?
Not too long ago, the only direct path to straight, uniform teeth was and the use of highly visible metal braces. Today at Greater Long Island Dental, we are proud to offer teeth straightening treatments such as Invisalign® clear braces and porcelain veneers.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
Invisalign® is a discreet yet highly effective teeth straightening system that offers an alternative to traditional braces. The Invisalign® system utilizes a series of clear plastic aligner trays that are custom molded to gradually guide your teeth into the desired position over the course of several months to a year. Invisalign® is able to correct a number of orthodontic issues including:
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
The program does have some limitations. Because the aligner trays do not rely on wires or rubber bands for tension, they are not able to correct severe overbites, underbites, or crossbites where the jaw position must be adjusted. If this is an issue, your dentist will likely recommend traditional braces for the best results.
For patients with orthodontic issues that can be corrected by Invisalign®, the benefits are clear. Because the trays are molded from a clear hard plastic material, they are nearly imperceptible and perfect for adult professionals as well as image-conscious teens. Invisalign® aligner trays are also fully removable, making eating and cleaning simple and worry free. Ask about Invisalign® Teen, a specialized treatment program geared toward teens.
Traditional braces and Invisalign® clear braces are extremely effective, but they also take months to achieve the desired results. Porcelain veneers are often referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they are able to drastically alter your smile within just a couple of dental appointments. Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that are custom designed and placed over your natural teeth, instantly transforming your smile and correcting such issues as:
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps or crowding
- Chips or cracks
- Tooth discoloration
Because porcelain veneers fit over your natural teeth, they are not able to correct more complex teeth straightening issues like overbites or underbites. But if you have purely aesthetic issues that you would like to correct quickly so that you can get on with your life, porcelain veneers could be the perfect option for you.
Learn More about Your Teeth Straightening Options
If you are hoping for a straighter and more perfect smile, you have options. To learn more about those options, contact our team at Greater Long Island Dental today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to working with you to create the smile you’ve been waiting for.
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