Whether you’ve had braces yourself or watched friends endure the lengthy process, you’re probably familiar with orthodontics. You’re more than likely familiar with train track braces, various colored elastic bands, retainers, and even dreaded headgear. If your teeth need straightening, you may be hesitant to commit to orthodontic hardware in your adult years. Luckily, there are several options available that efficiently correct misalignment without the overly complicated gear.
Advancements in cosmetic dentistry have allowed for effective solutions to orthodontic issues. The most popular modern alternatives are Invisalign or porcelain veneers.
Much like braces, Invisalign aligns teeth over time. It is a clear and discrete customized retainer that is removable so it doesn’t impede on your oral hygiene routine. Invisalign is an easy alternative to braces as it does not require the use of cumbersome metal and is not bonded to your teeth. You are free to eat whatever you want with Invisalign, and simply remove them to clean. You wear each aligner for about two weeks, and the process continues until you reach your desired level of alignment.
Porcelain veneers correct a number of oral issues in just two visits to your cosmetic dentist. They act as a mask for your teeth, and thereby cover any dental issues with a more appealing porcelain shell. You’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers if your aesthetic dental needs exceed simply correcting alignment. Veneers can last for over a decade with proper care, but the nature of the process makes them a permanent procedure that does require some upkeep. In addition to correcting misalignment, veneers can correct: