Very few of us are lucky enough to naturally develop perfect smiles, but that doesn’t mean that we have to settle for subpar dental aesthetics. There are a number of treatments that can be used to improve dental misalignment; keep reading to learn more from our Tinley Park cosmetic dentists.
Before we get started, let’s quickly review what we mean by dental misalignment. If you are dealing with alignment issues you may have large gaps between your teeth, crooked or crowded teeth, and bite issues (such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite).
Invisalign is one of the most popular treatments that patients use to straighten and perfect their smiles. This orthodontic system uses clear plastic aligners to incrementally move individual teeth into better respective positions. When you choose Invisalign, you will wear an aligner for about two to three weeks, and then switch to a new aligner; this process generally takes a year to a year and a half to complete; as a patient.
Another orthodontic option is traditional or metal braces; this type of treatment uses metal brackets and wires to move teeth over months or years. Conventional orthodontic treatment is effective, and delivers predictable results. However, many patients dislike the aesthetics and the inconvenience of this type of orthodontic treatment. Metal braces can be especially useful when treating severe misalignment and bite dysfunction.
Dental Bonding differs from the orthodontic treatments we have discussed in the sense that this aesthetic treatment covers natural teeth with composite resin, rather than actually moving the teeth. For this reason, dental bonding is best suited for patients with minor alignment issues.
LUMINEERS can also be used to transform dental aesthetics. These individual-crafted restorations are exceptionally thin. Once they are applied to teeth they stay in place permanently. With LUMINEERS you can close gaps between your teeth, and cover crooked teeth with straight restorations.
As we begin the treatment process, our Orland Park cosmetic dentists will help you thoroughly evaluate all of your aesthetic options. Give us a call to schedule a personal consultation and get started!