Chesapeake dentist, John Cranham, DDS offers a number of solutions for crooked teeth including treatment options for straightening teeth with or without braces.
More than causing cosmetic concerns, crooked teeth have the potential to lead to serious health problems including tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth make brushing and flossing a challenge, allowing food, debris and plaque to build up between teeth. Even with daily care and routine visits to the dentist, this build up can cause tooth enamel to wear away and irritate the sensitive gum tissue.
Straightening Teeth With Invisible Braces
The most common method for fixing crooked teeth is through orthodontic treatment. This can be achieved either through metal braces or clear braces. Most adult patients prefer to use invisible braces to straighten teeth. Dr. Cranham is a Chesapeake Invisalign dentist. Invisalign is the number one requested brand of invisible braces in the United States.
Invisible braces are well suited for patients who have mild to moderate alignment problems. The benefits of invisible braces vs metal braces including:
- Effective treatment for a wide variety of alignment problems including: crowding, spacing, overbite and underbite
- Removable trays allow you to eat whatever you want
- Improved hygiene because you can brush and floss normally
- Smooth plastic instead of sharp metal means more comfortable treatment
- Convenience of visiting our Chesapeake dentist office to monitor treatment instead of specialist
The Invisalign invisible aligners are made of an ultra-thin, ultra-clear, hard-soft plastic. In general, it works by wearing a series of aligners for about two weeks at a time. They will comfortably reposition your teeth in about 6-12 months.
Straightening Teeth Without Braces
Dr. Cranham also offers cosmetic dentistry options for patients who want to straighten teeth without braces. Straightening teeth without braces is used when there are no health considerations that would require braces. Common treatment options for straightening teeth without braces include the use of porcelain veneers and dental crowns.
Porcelain veneers: A porcelain veneer is a very thin shell that covers the front and sides of a tooth and is used to correct minor problems in tooth alignment. This shell is permanently bonded into place and will cover up any cosmetic blemish. Porcelain is very similar in appearance to a real tooth so the veneers will look natural. If shaped and installed correctly, they should feel completely natural in your mouth.
Dental crowns: A dental crown covers the entire tooth and is permanently bonded into place. They are well suited for teeth that may have more significant alignment issues. The crown provides strength, aesthetics and lasting durable function. Dental crowns are stain and decay resistant and can last for many years. Dental crowns can be color matched to blend seamlessly with your smile for beautiful results.
Get Straighter Teeth: Schedule a Consultation
Few people are born with a “perfect smile”. Schedule a consultation with Chesapeake dentist Dr. John Cranham to find out which treatment options are right for you.
Call our Chesapeake Dentist Office at 757-656-4109 or schedule your next appointment online.