There are a variety of treatments used in cosmetic dentistry that can be used to straighten your smile. The traditional way of straightening teeth for the past century have been metal braces, but more discreet treatments like clear aligners have emerged. Cosmetic restorations like veneers can also be used to create the appearance of a straight smile.
Treatments used in cosmetic dentistry to straighten smiles
Here are some of the more popular treatments used in cosmetic dentistry to deal with orthodontic issues:
1. Clear aligners
These oral appliances have changed the way people view teeth straightening treatments. They serve as an alternative to traditional metal braces, which ruin the appearance of the wearer's teeth. Clear aligners are made with transparent plastics, making them virtually invisible when worn. This allows the patient to continue to show off their teeth as they begin to move towards a better alignment.
Treatments with clear aligners involve using a series of mouth trays over the course of the patient's treatment. Each is worn for two weeks, and each one further in the series pushes their teeth closer to the desired position. The benefits of getting treatments with clear aligners go past better aesthetics than metal braces. Other benefits of clear aligners include:
The aligner trays can be easily removed for meals and oral hygiene
It provides a more comfortable treatment than traditional braces
It leads to more effective treatment which shortens treatment times
Veneers are thin shells that are used to cover the front surfaces of teeth. These prosthetics hide all the flaws behind them, improving the appearance of the teeth they cover. Dentists typically remove a small portion of enamel before installing veneers. The width of the enamel removed is typically the same as the width of the veneers being used. Dentists do this to prevent the veneers from making the patient's teeth appear abnormally large. Removing enamel is a permanent change that cannot be reversed in the future. That means the tooth will always need to be covered with veneers or some other dental cosmetic once its enamel has been prepped for veneers.
An impression of the patient's teeth is sent to a lab where veneers are made. The dentist gets the patient's customized veneers in about two weeks. Meanwhile, the patient is fitted with temporary veneers until their customized restorations are ready.
Veneers are not the standard way to treat misaligned teeth, but they do give patients faster results. Dentists will typically use veneers to fix alignment problems when the patient also has other cosmetic issues that can be fixed with veneers.
3. Tooth-colored braces
These are the less visible version of metal braces. They work using the same arrangement of brackets and wires. However, instead of highly visible metal brackets and wires being used to slowly push the patient's teeth into a better alignment, tooth-colored brackets and transparent wires are used to make the appliance.
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