There are numerous ways to straighten teeth, and Invisalign® is an increasingly popular method. Unlike traditional braces that use metal or ceramic attachments hooked to a wire to pull the teeth straight over time, this treatment uses clear aligners that can be taken out when eating or brushing. For the desired results, it helps to…
Smile Makeover Options for Overcrowded Teeth
One tell-tale sign that you need a smile makeover? Overcrowded teeth. This issue can cause a myriad of problems, ranging from discomfort and pain to cosmetic concerns and even the risk of infections or cavities. Thankfully, there are a number of effective smile makeover options to fix your overcrowded teeth!
Invisible aligners are similar to braces, without the same unattractiveness or pain when it comes to eating or drinking since they can come right off! Clear aligners are specially fitted by dentists in accordance with a comprehensive plan to straighten out crowded teeth.
Signs that might help recognize the need for invisible aligners
If a patient's teeth are:
- Mild to moderately overcrowded
- Crooked due to overcrowding
- Still able to be brushed or flossed normally
If one or more of these apply, then invisible aligners might be the right solution!
How invisible aligners can help
A set of invisible aligners, according to WebMD, are tight-fitting clear caps that slowly move a patient's teeth into alignment over the course of 10 to 24 months. Professionally fitted aligners are able to realign crowded teeth and give them enough space over a period of time and offer a relatively non-invasive solution to crowded teeth.
Enamel contouring is the removal of enamel around the teeth for both cosmetic and dental purposes. It is done as a solution to issues needing only minor fixes since enamel only makes up a thin layer of the outer teeth.
Signs enamel contouring might help
A patient is a good candidate for enamel contouring if:
- The patient experiences crowded teeth that are overlapping in sections
- Dental crowding is causing unevenness in the patient's teeth
- There are other minor cosmetic issues with a patient's crowded teeth, like chips or bumps
How enamel contouring can help
Doctor James White, with the Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentist, explains that enamel contouring helps remove spaces in a patient's mouth where teeth might overlap, possibly due to overcrowding. Not only can enamel contouring improve the way a patient's smile looks, but it also helps prevent cavities and infections in areas where teeth previously overlapped and prevented adequate brushing.
Veneers are small caps that fit over the front of the teeth, colored and shaped like a regular tooth. Professionally placed veneers can help improve the look of a patient's smile by quite a bit!
Signs dental veneers might help
Veneers could be a good choice for a patient if:
- The patient's overcrowded teeth are just cosmetically problematic and do not cause any other issues like pain, overlapping, or affect the bite
- The patient has very healthy teeth and gums
- The patient's dentist thinks other solutions might be unnecessarily invasive
How dental veneers can help
Aspen Dental describes veneer placement as a method to improve the look of the teeth when viewed from the front. If a patient's overcrowded teeth are otherwise healthy, carefully placed veneers can give the appearance of regularly spaced teeth, giving their smile a great makeover!
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