How to Quickly Straighten Teeth

We live in a time and culture where many things can be handed to you the moment you ask for them. While rewarding, instant gratification is not the best philosophy in all things. As the saying goes, “good things take time,” and teeth straightening is a classic example. However, this doesn’t mean that teeth straightening takes a lifetime, a decade, or even several years. Modern dentistry has significantly quickened and improved teeth straightening treatments for patients whose teeth are gapped, crooked, crowded, or misaligned in other ways. Depending on your needs, Invisalign® or even porcelain veneers may be used to straighten and enhance the appearance of your smile.

Invisalign®

Invisalign® is an advanced dental treatment that straightens teeth using customizable clear trays. This treatment can correct nearly all types of malocclusion, including overcrowding, gaps, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. Unlike the painful and unsightly metal brackets and wires of braces, the clear Invisalign® trays are unnoticeable, comfortable, and convenient for patient use. Every two weeks, patients exchange their trays for a new set to progressively bring their teeth into alignment. The Invisalign® trays are also conveniently removable for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing, making them ideal for long-term oral health. With Invisalign®, on average, a patient like you could look forward to enjoying an attractive and natural straight-toothed smile in just one year.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are an aesthetic treatment for teeth that are cracked, chipped, worn, stained, or even crooked or gapped. Veneers are thin porcelain sheets that are bonded to the front of your teeth to enhance their appearance. The attachment process requires two office visits: one at which the teeth are prepared, and another at which the veneers are cemented to the teeth. While long lasting and durable, veneers require your teeth to be shaved down. For this reason, straightening teeth with veneers is only recommended for individuals who have additional cosmetic concerns. As examples, if your teeth are chipped, misshapen, or severely discolored, veneers can be used to improve their shape and color as well as to correct any gaps or crookedness you may have.

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