While braces are one solution to straighten teeth, there are other options for people who do not wish to undergo this treatment. Sometimes, a person will only have relatively minor issues of misalignment, such as overlapping front teeth.
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Some people have an orthodontic relapse, where they initially received orthodontic treatment during childhood but have subsequently seen their teeth shift position. It’s an issue that can occur with age or when retainers are not worn correctly following completion of treatment. One option is to consider cosmetically oriented Invisalign treatment for overlapping front teeth and other minor issues.
Clear Braces Are Comfortable, Removable, and Virtually Invisible, Like Traditional Braces Without Metal and Wire.
Some clear braces systems, including Invisalign and fixed brace systems, produce more cosmetically oriented braces. These braces only concentrate on straightening teeth that are visible when you smile or talk and aren’t designed to correct more extensive orthodontic issues, for example, bite problems. Because these braces are only designed to produce relatively small tooth movements, treatment is faster.
With Invisalign, fewer sets of aligners are required, while fixed braces will need to be worn for a shorter time. The shorter and less complex treatment is reflected in the price.
People who do not wish to wear braces can attain a straighter and more perfect smile with cosmetic dentistry. Sometimes this can be a suitable choice for people who may not be suitable for orthodontic treatment, perhaps because their teeth aren’t quite strong or healthy enough. Cosmetic dentistry is also good for hiding teeth that are too small, imperfectly shaped, or extensively worn. Overlapping teeth or those that are out of alignment, or unsightly spaces between teeth can be corrected with porcelain veneers or crowns.
While porcelain crowns cover the entire tooth and could be suitable for people who have extensively damaged or decayed teeth, porcelain veneers only cover the front surface of a tooth. Both solutions require some tooth structure to be removed, so they may not be the best choice if you have teeth that are strong and healthy enough for orthodontic treatment and which are nicely shaped but merely out of alignment.
It is always preferable to preserve a healthy tooth in its entirety, and our dentists here at Gentle Dental will always suggest procedures that preserve and protect your teeth. However, even a cosmetically oriented braces system will most likely take several months to move your teeth into the correct positions. In comparison, porcelain crowns and veneers can be made and fitted in a matter of several weeks.
While it might be quicker to straighten teeth without braces using options like crowns and veneers, it could be preferable to spend the additional time completing orthodontic treatment. It is a personal choice, and we can discuss each solution with you carefully. By providing you with all the information you need, we can help you make the right choice for your situation and oral health.
If you do choose to straighten your teeth with cosmetically oriented braces, you will still need to wear a retainer afterward. Wearing a retainer for teeth straightening completes your treatment, helping to ensure you enjoy the results for longer, and we hope for life.
Our dentist and orthodontists here at Gentle Dental can discuss all the teeth straightening options suitable for your situation and will explain the possible pros and cons of removable or fixed braces and the difference in costs. As with any treatment we provide, we make sure you have all the information necessary including how to straighten teeth without braces for an informed treatment choice. Whichever option you choose, you are assured of receiving a braces that is beautiful, yet fully functional and durable. For more information on how to straighten teeth in Queens, contact Gentle Dental at (718) 461-0100.