The eyes may be the window to the soul, but a smile can be contagious. Teeth are so important to how we look and feel about ourselves, yet they are often neglected. One common complaint dentist’s hear is about crooked teeth. Luckily cosmetic dentistry allows for the correction of issues like crooked teeth. Check out this article for the best ways to straighten your teeth and get that perfect smile!
A veneer is a tooth-like covering that is bonded to the front side of visible teeth. Porcelain veneers come in all different colors and can cover nearly any imperfection. They can be used to improve the size, shape, color, spacing, and alignment of your teeth with a single treatment. To place veneers, your dentist will first have to remove a thin layer of enamel. The veneer is then fitted over the top of the tooth, and adhered with special cement. Since the enamel is modified, veneers permanently alter the surface of your teeth. Veneers straighten the teeth by hiding the imperfections to make your teeth appear straight and evenly spaced.
Crowns are a type of dental restoration that is used to cover, or “cap” teeth that are structurally weak or damaged. Crowns cover 100% of the visible surface of your tooth and are cemented to the natural tooth structure. To place a dental crown, your dentist will need to reduce the size of the tooth until it is small enough to accommodate a crown. Your crown will then be sculpted and fit to your bite, then cemented in place using a dental adhesive. Crowns not only cover and protect teeth, but can also lift misshapen or crooked teeth up into the correct position. Crowns can be used to straighten your teeth by covering any crookedness or unevenness. They can also help to even out your bite, which makes your smile look more even.
Invisalign is a series of clear, customized plastic aligners that are specially designed for each patient. The aligner adjusts your teeth gradually to produce the desired change in tooth position. Your dentist will create an outline of what your smile will look like once all treatment is complete with a 3D preview- this can be compared to photos throughout your treatment for additional motivation. This treatment works by gradually moving your teeth from its initial position to their desired target. Invisalign is a popular method for those who want straighter teeth because it uses a series of custom-made clear aligners that can be taken out and put in as needed. Unlike veneers and crowns, Invisalign actually changes the position of your teeth. However, Invisalign also takes longer and the average treatment period is about 18 months.
With the option of veneers, crowns, or Invisalign, a beautifully straight smile is just a few appointments away! All of these methods have been proven effective in providing straighter teeth. Veneers are great because they can hide imperfections and provide an all-around beautiful appearance. Crowns cover the entire visible surface of your tooth to allow for a straighter appearance. With Invisalign you can have straight teeth without anyone knowing, because they are custom made clear aligners. No matter which method to choose, all of these options will give you that perfect smile!
Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.