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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Straighten Your Teeth without Braces

When you think of methods for straightening your teeth, traditional wire braces probably come to mind, a process that can be uncomfortable, long, and for adults, not always attractive. Not everyone needs to wear wire braces for a perfectly aligned smile, however. Advances in cosmetic dentistry today have made it possible for dentists to offer faster, more comfortable solutions for attaining straighter teeth.

Invisalign

 

Invisalign is one of the newest and most popular methods for achieving a straighter smile. This method uses clear, discreet aligners that are replaced every few weeks to gradually shift your teeth to their desired position. Invisalign trays are removable, making it easy to eat and brush as normal. Adults love Invisalign because no one can tell you are undergoing treatment, but your new smile will look straighter with each series of aligners that is completed. Invisalign treatment can usually be completed in just a year and generally works best for patients with minor teeth misalignment.

Veneers

Looking for a fast way to make your teeth look straighter without actually straightening your teeth? Veneers can instantly mask dental imperfections, giving the illusion of a perfectly aligned smile. This procedure involves applying durable, porcelain shells to the front of teeth to cover orthodontic problems. The added bonus is that you can improve the coloring and shape of your teeth at the same time- the ultimate smile makeover.

Cosmetic Contouring

Cosmetic contouring, also known as dental reshaping, is performed to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or overlapping teeth in as little as one appointment. By making subtle changes to your teeth- just a few millimeters of reduction- your dentist can alter the length, shape or position of your teeth to create the perfect smile. This method is pain-free and is most commonly used on upper teeth.
Today, straightening your teeth without traditional orthodontic braces is possible. For severe malocclusion, Invisalign, veneers and contouring may not be the best solutions and traditional braces may be recommended.

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