I need to fix a crooked front tooth. I’m afraid regular braces may be my only option. It’s crooked behind the tooth next to it. Do I have any options aside from traditional braces?
You have a couple of great options which won’t require you to use traditional braces.
Straightening Teeth with Invisalign
When it comes to straightening crooked teeth, Invisalign does a great job. Unlike traditional braces, there is no metal involved. Instead, it uses clear aligners to gently move the tooth into position. You’ll switch out aligners every two weeks.
It has another less well-known benefit of being able to double as teeth whitening trays. This means, if you wanted to, you could simultaneously straighten and whiten your teeth.
Combining these two procedures is like getting a mini smile makeover.
Straightening Teeth with Porcelain Veneers
If you’re interested in changing more than just the crooked tooth, porcelain veneers can completely remake your smile. They can change the shape, size, and color of your teeth all at once. This requires more expertise than the first recommended procedure. Smile makeovers aren’t taught in dental school so not all dentists are qualified.
If you decide to go this route, I’d recommend you go to a dentist who’s been accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. AACD accredited dentists and the top in the country. They will be able to give you an absolutely stunning smile.
This blog is brought to you by La Jolla Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Stephen Doan.