A crooked or poorly aligned smile can pose a number of problems—aesthetic and otherwise—for dental patients. For those of us who are unsatisfied with imperfect smiles, there are a number of effective and accessible treatment options available when we’re ready to achieve smile transformations.
Today, our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists are going to be giving you some more information about treatments you can use to straighten your smile. When you meet with our dental team, we’ll talk about which option may be best for you: taking into account your oral health, ideal timeline, and budget. Let’s get started!
Many people already know that traditional braces, which move teeth with metal brackets and wires, can straighten and perfect smiles. The problem is that many people do not want to deal with the hassle and appearance of metal braces.
That is why Invisalign was created as an alternative to braces; this orthodontic treatment moves teeth using clear plastic aligners. Generally speaking, patients find Invisalign to be more comfortable, convenient, and attractive than conventional braces.
There are also cosmetic treatments available to give your smile a straighter appearance without actually moving your teeth:
- Dental veneers: these individually crafted porcelain restorations are attached to the natural tooth structure in order to transform the appearance of the affected tooth. Because veneers are only about as thick as contact lenses, they are unobtrusive and exceptionally natural looking.
- Dental bonding: this treatment uses custom-shaded composite resin to resurface and repair existing dental enamel. One reason that so many people love dental bonding is that this treatment can be completed, from start to finish, in just one dental appointment.
Depending on your situation, you may benefit from one or multiple of these aesthetic treatment options. Get started by contacting our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists to schedule a personal consultation!