In addition to being embarrassing and harmful to your self-esteem, crooked teeth can also be a threat to your oral health. Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean properly which put them at a higher risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth can also lead to fractures and broken teeth if they are moving closer to other teeth. Dr. Sowell of Sensational Smiles, a respected dental provider in Plano, TX, would like to take a moment to educate you about possible options to treat your crooked teeth without traditional metal braces.
Can I Straighten My Teeth As An Adult?
Although it’s never too late for you to have dental or orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth, the most common treatment for crooked teeth is still traditional metal braces. Traditional braces tend to attract attention and can be embarrassing for the patient as well as uncomfortable. Treatment with traditional braces can take months or even years to achieve the desired results. Many people experienced treatment with braces as a teenager or young adult and are hesitant to go through it again.
Many adults and teens have begun to ask “Can I straighten my teeth without traditional braces?” The short answer is that it is possible for some people to get straighter teeth without wearing traditional braces. The long answer is more complicated, however.
Treating Crooked Teeth Without Traditional Braces
Treatment with traditional metal braces isn’t the only way to have a healthy, beautiful smile full of straight teeth. There are several treatments available that can straighten your teeth or give you the attractive smile you want.
Invisalign® and other clear aligners — sometimes called “invisible braces” — are made from transparent plastic and are custom-fitted to fit over the crooked teeth. These aligners are designed to gradually move the teeth into their desired position over the course of the treatment. This treatment is popular for its more discreet appearance compared to traditional braces, but is really only suitable for those with minor orthodontic issues.
Another good alternative to traditional braces for mild orthodontic issues is dental veneers. These porcelain or composite resin covers can be fastened to the front of your teeth to change the change the appearance of your smile. Veneers are primarily a cosmetic treatment and may not offer the same health benefits of straightening crooked or crowded teeth with more in-depth orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Sowell or your local dentist or orthodontist will explain to you the possible risks and complications associated with these treatments during your consultation. They can also answer any questions you may have to help you make an informed decision about which treatment is right for you.
Treating Crooked Teeth In Plano, TX
If you live in the Plano, TX area and have crooked teeth or any other dental issue, trust Dr. Sowell of Sensational Smiles to restore the health and appearance of your smile. Call (972) 382-6855 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.