Crooked or crowded teeth — or teeth with gaps between them — can be embarrassing and make us ashamed of our smiles. When people think about straightening or reshaping their teeth, usually traditional metal braces come to mind. But not everyone wants the discomfort of braces or the frequent trips to the dentist for adjustments. Older teens and adults may not love the idea of wearing braces as if they’re back in adolescence.
So are there any alternatives? Our cosmetic dentist in Sciota is happy to report that there are, indeed, other options, and we’re going to dive into three of them today:
Cosmetic dental bonding uses composite material like what is used to fill cavities. The material is also used to cover imperfections like chipped teeth or gaps between teeth. It can also be used to reshape and conceal teeth that are slightly crooked, or even add length to teeth that are too short. Our patients often choose cosmetic bonding because it is affordable and can be accomplished — start to finish — in one dental visit. But dental bonding may not last as long as a different option for reshaping your teeth …
Veneers are wafer-thin shell-like coverings that attach to the front surface of the teeth. Crafted from the highest quality of dental porcelain, veneers are designed to look like natural tooth enamel but hide imperfections in your teeth, resulting in a gorgeous smile. Veneer treatment is minimally invasive and uses natural teeth as a base to completely transform a smile. Each veneer is custom-made to beautifully and naturally fit an individual’s teeth and smile. Traditional porcelain veneers are considered a permanent, non-reversible cosmetic procedure because our cosmetic dentists in Sciota will scrape away a bit of enamel from your natural tooth for effective bonding to the tooth being treated. With proper dental care, veneers can last up to 20 years.
If you want to straighten your teeth without the uncomfortableness or awkwardness of traditional metal braces, then Invisalign is for you! Invisalign is an incredibly popular method to straighten teeth with noninvasive, customized, clear aligner trays that gently pull teeth into their proper position in half the time of traditional metal braces. The aligner trays are traded out for smaller trays every two weeks. The trays — which must be worn about 22 hours a day — can be removed for eating and brushing/flossing.
Reshape your teeth without braces in Sciota, PA
Advancements in dental technology have provided several alternatives to reshaping teeth with metal braces. If you’re interested in any of the options we reviewed today, we’d love to see you for a consultation. Our dental team at Chestnut Dental can assess your situation and make recommendations to give you a smile that you’ll be proud of! Give our team at Chestnuthill Dental a call at (570) 865-7929, or reach us online today.