Improve Your Smile with Teeth Straightening Treatment

April 30, 2016 — by Dr.Thomas Tang
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry Porcelain Veneers Invisalign

Two young women with beautifully straight teeth, smilingMany people would like to improve the alignment of their teeth, but they avoid treatment because they don’t want to wear metal braces. These patients may be surprised to learn that are other options to help them achieve straighter teeth. Cosmetic dentistry treatments can address many aesthetic dental issues, including crooked teeth, to reveal a stunning smile. To find out which teeth straightening treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with Brookfield, WI dentist Thomas Tang. In the meantime, learn more about some of the most popular teeth straightening options.

Invisalign® Clear Braces

Those who want the benefits of traditional braces may benefit from treatment with Invisalign®. Invisalign® gently repositions the teeth using a series of clear, custom-fitted aligners. These alignment trays are worn throughout the day and while sleeping, but, unlike traditional metal braces, they can be removed while eating, brushing, and flossing, providing patients with some added comfort and convenience. Although the length of time required to reach the desired results will vary, most patients will have straighter teeth in 12 to 18 months.

Instant Orthodontics with Porcelain Veneers

Patients that are looking to improve the appearance of crooked teeth with immediate results may benefit from instant orthodontics using porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped prostheses designed to improve minor dental flaws by covering the front surface of the teeth. When used as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers can address crooked teeth in as little as two dental visits. In addition to improving the appearance of crooked teeth, porcelain veneers can mask flaws like dental chips, discoloration, and gaps between teeth, for a completely transformed smile.

Traditional Orthodontics

Traditional orthodontics remains a popular teeth straightening option because braces offer great results for even the most severe alignment issues. Traditional braces use a bracket and wire system to straighten the teeth. Over time, the braces gently move the teeth into the desired position. Treatment with traditional orthodontics can take 18 to 48 months, depending on the needs of each patient.

The Benefits of Teeth Straightening Treatment

Regardless of the treatment used, teeth straightening provides many benefits. Patients that undergo teeth straightening treatment may experience the following:

  • Improved oral health: Crooked, overlapping teeth can make it difficult to keep the teeth clean and the gums healthy. Teeth straightening treatments reduce dental overlap, helping to improve oral health.
  • Improved dental function: Misaligned teeth can make biting and chewing difficult or painful. Correcting dental alignment can help improve dental function.
  • Relief from temporomandibular joint disorder: In some cases, the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, or “TMD”, can be exacerbated by alignment issues. Correcting dental alignment through teeth straightening is sometimes effective at alleviating the symptoms of TMD.
  • Increased confidence: Teeth straightening treatment can help boost your confidence by creating a beautiful smile.  

Which Treatment Is Right for You?

For more information about teeth straightening, or to find out which treatment option is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tang.