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5 Simple Steps For Straighter Appearing Teeth

Healthy teeth and gums are a vital part of having good oral health. Crowded or crooked teeth can trap food and bacteria making them harder to keep clean, which can eventually lead to cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease. Also, teeth that are not properly aligned means a person's jaw or bite can be affected allowing it to not close properly. This can create problems with sleeping, dry mouth or saliva issues, even TMJ symptoms. It can also create unusual pressure on parts of healthy teeth that can lead to them cracking and needing to be restored with a crown. Straight teeth and a properly aligned bite make it easier to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

The general and cosmetic dentists at Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX have extensive experience and training to offer several options to create a straighter, healthier smile for their patients in the greater Dallas area. They can restore and maintain a patient's oral health but also offer cosmetic alternatives like teeth straightening orthodontics for a smile makeover. So, if you live in the greater Dallas area, do you know what your options are outside of traditional braces to have straight, properly aligned teeth? Here is some information on the different ways to straighten and perfect your smile.

Straightening options for adults

If you are an adult wanting straighter teeth but trying to avoid traditional braces there are options. Most adults are excited to know they don't have to look like a middle school student again to have a straighter, more perfect smile. With today's cosmetic dental options, there are several ways adults can straighten crooked teeth or correct a misaligned bite with various techniques offered by dental practices like Dallas Laser Dentistry.

Invisalign

This innovative new orthodontic technique is one of the easiest ways to get straighter teeth without the hassle or aesthetic look of metal braces. By using a series of clear trays or aligners, teeth can quickly be repositioned to create a more uniform, aligned smile. Both men and women can get custom-fit trays or aligners that are worn about 22 hours each day, only to be removed when eating or caring for your teeth. For most, every week the aligners are switched out to gently move teeth into a new position as part of the alignment process. This process can take, depending on the severity, 6 months to 2 years even though on average patients are usually done within a year. After you are done with your Invisalign treatments you will wear a retainer at night to maintain your beautiful results.

Dental veneers

A long-term solution to correct slightly crooked teeth, or those with small gaps, is to use the aesthetic solution of dental veneers. These thin, shell-like layers are either porcelain or composite resin which are customized to fit a patient's need to have a straighter, more uniform smile. Dental veneers are essentially a "cosmetic mask" to hide slightly crooked or misshapen teeth and give patients a more symmetrical smile. In 2 dental visits, a patient’s teeth are prepped and fitted for custom porcelain veneers while temporary ones are worn until their permanent veneers are ready. The custom dental veneers are then bonded to the front and sides of each tooth to give patients a straighter even whiter smile.

Tooth bonding

Dental bonding or tooth bonding is a cosmetic procedure that uses tooth-colored composite resin material to improve the appearance of a patient's teeth. Bonding usually requires less tooth preparation, unlike veneers, and can restore a patient's smile to give a straighter, more aligned look in less severe cases. The composite resin material is shaped and contoured by the cosmetic dentist on each tooth and then bonded by a special light. Bonding usually takes only one office visit and is generally a less expensive cosmetic option, although resin can stain.

Tooth contouring

Another option for less severe cases of crooked or misaligned teeth is dental contouring or dental reshaping. This cosmetic option is typically done by a cosmetic dentist in less severe cases where little changes are needed to make a big impact. Problems with irregularly shaped teeth or overlapping can be fixed with dental contouring or tooth reshaping. Small amounts of tooth enamel (outer tooth layer) are reshaped to improve the appearance of crooked teeth. This process can also be utilized with tooth bonding as a combined duo of cosmetic dentistry, to use tooth-colored composite material to give patients a straighter, brighter smile.

Laser Gum Contouring

Sometimes teeth can appear uneven, misaligned, or shorter, when in fact the issue is excess gum tissue that covers up parts of the tooth unnecessarily. Laser gum contouring can restore symmetry to your smile’s appearance - without pain, bleeding, or swelling. After addressing this issue, patients may need to consider Invisalign or another method like dental bonding or veneers to give their overall smile a new look.

For some patients, crooked or misaligned teeth can affect a person's quality of life. It can affect your ability to chew properly, causing pain and discomfort. Crooked teeth are also hard to keep clean or floss which can lead to more dental issues. Not having straight, aligned teeth is not only a cosmetic issue but it is also a deterrent to having good oral health. The decision to straighten your teeth is a personal choice but with today's cosmetic dental options it has never been an easier time to have straight, symmetrical teeth and a smile you always wanted.

If you are interested in straightening up your smile then we invite to you contact the cosmetic dental experts at Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX. This is the right time to take the next step to correct certain aspects of your smile so you can feel better about how you look while taking care of your dental health at the same time. Call or schedule your free smile consultation and digital simulation with Dallas Laser Dentistry today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.