Metal braces are not the only answer to fixing crooked teeth. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry and modern dental technology there are now many more options, than just the traditional metal brace to straighten crooked teeth. People who have gaps or overlapping teeth now have more access to discreet options – a perfect smile may be one dentist visit away!
New, affordable innovations in dental care provide patients, who have crooked teeth, the ability to achieve the perfect smile, without an incredibly costly and frustrating few years. Whether your reason for wanting the perfect smile is that you are self-conscious about how your teeth look, with this then affecting your confidence, or that you experience some discomfort while eating.
All in all, it’s best to ask your dentist for their opinion on which cosmetic option is the right fix for your crooked teeth. If you’re experiencing jaw pain; you feel like your teeth don’t ‘fit’ together correctly, or you can only chew comfortably on one side of your mouth, you’ll likely need orthodontic treatment. But if you have some small gaps or dislike how some of your teeth look longer than the others, cosmetic dentistry is a perfect solution for you. The good news is that your options are better than ever to get both a healthy mouth and perfect teeth.
To help you decide which treatment to go for, we’ve created a list of the top four cosmetic options available.
4 Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Fix Crooked Teeth
The first option to fix a crooked smile is dental veneers – these are thin porcelain coverings that are attached directly to the surface of your teeth. Veneers can be a quick solution to both straightening and brightening your smile. Some dentists consider porcelain veneers a suitable alternative to orthodontic treatment, as the veneers are shaped to the patient’s mouth and can cover gaps or misalignments. Since veneers are made of porcelain, they are stain-resistant and can last a long time, sometimes more than 20 years.
However, veneers are often a more costly type of dental surgery, its key to speak to a professional before considering permanent dental aesthetics.
Though not commonly used for correcting crowded teeth, crowns are still a good option for some. For example, if your teeth are broken or severely decayed, we can even help you to achieve a confident smile through using crowns. After treating any decay, we can fit dental crowns over the top of any damaged or broken teeth. They’ll look as good as new, and they’ll function just like your own.
In some cases, we can use a combination of crowns and veneers to create a natural smile. Crowns aren’t designed to last forever, but with reasonable care and oral hygiene, they can last up to 30 years before they need replacing.
Braces don’t always need to be the large obtuse, traditional type. Here are some discreet options which will straighten your teeth effectively:
Invisible braces are ideal for adults who want a discreet, effective way to straighten teeth. This has proved very popular in recent years as this solution can straighten crooked or crowded teeth, depending on your situation it can take from a period of six months to two years. Invisible braces are clear aligners that are custom-fit to your mouth that gently reposition teeth over time. These clear aligners are worn all the time except during meals and brushing your teeth. Your dentist will create a treatment plan based on your own unique needs and advise you on when it is time to change aligners.
Ceramic braces use the same mechanics as traditional metal braces, the main difference being that they incorporate an aesthetic design that blends in with your tooth shade and smile, meaning it’s far less obvious that you’re wearing a brace.
Lingual braces work the same way as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of the teeth. Lingual braces are fixed to the back of your teeth, on the tongue side of the teeth, so they’re behind your teeth. Costs may be higher with lingual braces, in part because the process of applying them is delicate and a little more time-consuming than conventional braces.
Plastic or composite fillings can painlessly and quickly correct uneven or crooked teeth. A composite resin is applied to the front of the affected teeth, allowing the dentist to reshape your smile. This treatment is ideal for closing gaps between teeth, reshaping them, or even correcting discoloured teeth.
Although it may be surprising, cosmetic bonding is a minimally invasive procedure. There is no need for needles or anaesthesia. As it can be complete in a single office visit, composite fillings produce natural-looking results, letting you feel free to smile as much once again and as wide as you want to smile.
Overall, cosmetic dentistry is an excellent solution to fix crooked teeth if you only have minor concerns. Cosmetic dentistry can fix gaps in between your front teeth, give the appearance of straighter teeth, or even use dental veneers to provide you with the perfect smile. For many patients, concerns over minimally crooked teeth, small chips or uneven tones in their teeth disappear once the main cosmetic issues are addressed.
Dr Dan Rodda, Dentist at Oasis Dental Care, concludes with, “Whatever your needs or goals are. It’s always good to take the time to talk with your dentist about what’s possible. Be sure to ask for before and after cases of work that they have done in-office. Also, don’t be shy about getting second opinions. Not all dentists have the same hand skills and post-doctoral training.”
All in all, it’s best to ask your dentist for their opinion on which cosmetic option is right to fix your crooked teeth. Get in touch with our dental specialists and book a consultation today!