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Cosmetic Dentistry: Options to Change Your Smile Without Braces
There are a few cosmetic dentistry treatments that can be used to improve the alignment of a person's teeth. Some of these treatments even give patients faster results than traditional metal braces.
Braces have been the standard way to straighten teeth for nearly a century, but a large number of people would rather avoid them if possible. Braces consist of metal brackets and wires that take over the appearance of the patient's teeth. All people see when the person smiles is a bunch of metal stuck on their teeth.
This has led to some people not getting the treatments they need due to not wanting to deal with a mouthful of metal for up to two years. Unfortunately, this leads to the orthodontic issues they are dealing with getting worse, which increases their risk of tooth decay and gum disease since poorly-aligned teeth are harder to clean. Fortunately, people who would rather not have to deal with braces now have a few other options.
How cosmetic dentistry can improve smiles without braces
Here are some ways a dentist might decide to deal with poorly-aligned teeth without using braces:
Clear aligners are one of the popular ways cosmetic dentists straighten teeth. It involves using transparent aligner trays to gradually push the patient's teeth towards a better alignment over time. The patient gets a series of trays at the start of their treatment and each tray further down the series pushes the patient's teeth closer to the target alignment. Each tray is worn for two weeks before being swapped with another that pushes the person's teeth closer to the desired position.
Clear aligners are made from clear plastics that are virtually impossible to notice when worn. They offer more precise teeth alignment than braces and treatment times can be as little as a year.
Veneers can also be used to treat minor alignment issues like crooked teeth and spaces between teeth. These are tooth-shaped restorations that are used to cover the front part of a tooth and any flaws on its surface. It is one of the fastest ways to drastically improve the appearance of a person's teeth and it can be completed in a couple of weeks.
The installation of veneers typically requires the removal of enamel to prevent the veneers from making the patient's teeth appear bulky. This is a permanent alteration which leads to a need to always have some restoration protecting the front of any teeth treated with them. There are special types of veneers called "no-prep" veneers which do not require the removal of any enamel.
Dentists typically recommend veneers for teeth straightening when patients have other aesthetic issues that can be fixed with veneers in addition to their orthodontic issues.
Ready to get a straighter smile?
Thanks to veneers and clear aligners, you do not need to wear braces to have a straighter smile. Call or visit our Alpharetta clinic to learn more about the process.
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