Besides cosmetic concerns, crooked teeth can also lead to health conditions. Crooked teeth make it difficult to brush and floss and cause plaque to build up between teeth, causing tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth may also contribute to bite disorders and TMJ related problems.
Adults sometimes want to avoid braces, as they can be difficult or even embarrassing to wear. There are a number of ways to fix crooked teeth without braces.
Porcelain Veneers are thin, translucent shells that cover the front and sides teeth. They require little preparation to the tooth and are not permanent. The porcelain material gives a uniform appearance to the teeth.
Dental Crowns may be used as a corrective method for crooked teeth, to cover the entire tooth like a cap. Porcelain Dental Crowns are available to provide a natural look. These can also be used to fill in gaps between teeth.
In most cases, Dr. Sheen is able to provide same day treatment for Dental Crowns and Porcelain Veneers, thanks to advanced CEREC technology. Imagine being able to walk out of the dentist office with a brand new smile in just one visit. learn more
Cosmetic bonding uses composite resins to cover the surface of the stained/broken/or crooked tooth. Applied directly to the tooth, this procedure is quick and cost effective for treating teeth, but is not permanent and may need to be touched up in the future.
Invisalign is a great option to fixed crooked teeth for adults who do not wish to have braces. Invisalign uses a series of plastic aligners to gradually move teeth. For effective treatment, the aligners should be worn 24 hours a day, but can be removed when eating, brushing, or flossing. Invisalign aligners are changed every 2-3 weeks and average treatment lasts 6-12 months. Most patients find that Invisalign is much more comfortable than braces.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sheen of Annapolis to determine the best and most cost-effective way to fix your crooked teeth – and get that perfect smile.