If you are one of the millions of people each year searching for a way to get straighter teeth, but you hate the idea of traditional braces, the good news is that the field of cosmetic dentistry has expanded to include a wide range of affordable and effective options without the stigma. No matter what the current condition of your teeth is, there are invisible and painless ways to achieve a perfect smile.
Invisalign braces have been around for quite a while now and have proven effective at straightening teeth similar to the way that traditional braces worked. Instead of having adjustable bands placed on your teeth which slowly move them into place, Invisalign uses a series of molds which apply pressure to your teeth. You will wear each mold for 4-6 weeks until your teeth have moved enough to go to the next step. Each successive mold works toward your final perfect smile. This system does typically require a retainer or guard to be worn after your teeth are straightened to keep them from going back to their original positions.
If you are missing teeth, or if you have teeth that are damaged and need to be removed, Veneers offer a quick and easy solution to fill gaps and replace teeth. Veneers are custom made to fit your mouth from durable porcelain. They match the color and shape of your natural teeth and blend in very well. To keep them in good condition, patients need to care for them the same way they care for their own teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Fortunately, most veneers can last 10-20 years with good maintenance. Veneers require a somewhat complex procedure for proper placement, which does make them more expensive than some other cosmetic procedures up front. However, the investment is designed to be a permanent solution.
Dental bonding is another simple process used to close minor gaps in teeth and reshape teeth to better fit your smile. Bonding is typically inexpensive and can be completed in a single office visit. It can be used not only to repair minor cosmetic flaws but also to replace old gold and silver fillings that stood out. It is made with the same porcelain compound as veneers so it has a clean finished appearance that matches your teeth perfectly.
Other cosmetic dentistry options available include basic tooth whitening services and porcelain crowns. These procedures are not typically designed to straighten teeth on their own, but they are frequently done at the same time as other cosmetic procedures to get a more complete result.
No matter what your budget or timeline, there are plenty of dental procedures available to help you get a straighter smile today. Invisalign has shown great results for many people who would otherwise not want metal braces. On the other hand, dental bonding and veneers provide more instantaneous results but at a slightly higher cost.