Nature isn’t so accommodating as to provide us all with straight and seamless smiles; thankfully, there’s cosmetic dentistry for that!
If you’re dealing with crooked teeth, gaps in your smile, or bite dysfunction, there are effective and accessible treatments that can transform your smile. Keep reading to learn more from our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists…
- Traditionally, misaligned teeth have been treated with metal braces. In these cases, metal brackets are temporarily bonded to the patient’s enamel, and then a metal wire is used to connect these brackets and create torque. Over a period of months or years, a patient’s natural teeth move into better positions.
- Conventional braces are absolutely still effective for improving dental alignment, however, they are not the only option. Invisalign offers a welcome alternative to metal braces; Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to move teeth over a period of months. Patients love Invisalign treatment because it is discreet and comfortable. Additionally, because these aligners are removable, it’s very easy to care for your smile as you perfect your dental alignment.
- So far we’ve discussed treatments that move a patient’s natural teeth into better alignment. However, you could alternatively cover and build out your existing enamel in order to make your smile appear better aligned. You could do this by using composite resin, and a process called dental bonding, or you could transform your smile with porcelain veneers. Both of these treatments are applied to natural enamel in order to close gaps between teeth and fill in crooked spaces in the smile. Dental bonding offers the fastest way to improve alignment, as it takes just one appointment to complete. Veneers are usually completed in two to three appointments.