Besides cosmetic concerns, crooked teeth can also lead to oral health conditions that affect the longevity of a healthy smile. Crooked teeth make it difficult to brush and floss, allowing plaque to build up between teeth, causing tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth may also contribute to bite disorders and TMJ related problems.
Dr. Sheen offers treatment options for crooked teeth with and without the use of orthodontics. We also offer discreet orthodontic treatment with invisible braces using Invisalign. 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 of the teeth. They require the tooth surface to be prepared and are considered a permanent restoration. The durable porcelain material gives a uniform appearance to the teeth and provides a natural looking, stain resistant luster.
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, our dentist in Annapolis, MD is able to provide same day treatment for Dental Crowns and dental veneers, thanks to advanced CEREC technology. Instead of using messy impressions, Dr. Sheen will use multi-dimensional images of your mouth, gums and teeth to design your dental crown.
Once designed, we will send that to our in-office milling system. Using the CEREC milling machine, your ceramic restoration will be fabricated right in our Annapolis dentist office while you wait. Imagine being able to walk out of the dentist office with a brand new smile in just one visit.
Cosmetic bonding uses composite resins to cover the surface of the stained/broken/or crooked tooth. Applied directly to the tooth and molded by hand, this procedure is quick and cost effective for treating crooked teeth. Cosmetic bonding is not permanent and may need to be touched up in the future. This is often the ideal solution for minor imperfections, younger patients or anyone not ready for the commitment of dental veneers.
Invisalign is a great option to fixed crooked teeth for adults who do not wish to have braces. Using a series of ultra-clear, removable aligners, Invisalign will gently reposition your teeth without causing damage to tooth enamel or gum tissue. For effective treatment, the aligners should be worn for about 22 hours a day.
You should only remove them when eating, brushing, or flossing. Invisalign aligners are changed out every 1-2 weeks. The average treatment lasts about 6-12 months. Most patients find that Invisalign is much more comfortable than metal braces. The benefits of invisible braces vs metal braces include:
- Improved Oral Hygiene
- Discreet Treatment
- More Dietary Choices without restrictions
- Increased Comfort
- Teeth-Grinding Protection
- No staining of the teeth after treatment
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