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What Can I Do to Fix My Crooked Teeth?

Not everyone is born with a perfectly aligned set of teeth. Some people have overbites and others may have underbites. Some have teeth that grow overlapping, twisted, or crooked. This may be due to overcrowding in the mouth, improper fit of dental restorations, or a loss of other teeth which may cause the remaining teeth to shift in an attempt to fill in the gaps.

Crooked teeth affect more than your physical appearance and self esteem. They can also interfere with proper chewing which can strain the teeth and jaws. Moreover, brushing and cleaning the teeth properly can be difficult when they are crooked which also increases the risk of getting gum disease or tooth decay. If you have any of these problems then you should have them examined by experts before they cause serious damage and problems in your dental health.

Is there any remedy for my crooked teeth?

Yes. One choice you have is to see an orthodontist. He or she can help you with your dental health issues and provide the type of treatments that will best suit your needs.

Today, there are several modern dental procedures and approaches that dentists and orthodontists can use. Below are some of the options:

Dental Bonding – This procedure is used for the small problems. The bonding material can be applied directly to the teeth and then molded into a shape that resembles the appearance of the straight teeth.

Dental Veneers – If dental bonding is not for you, your dentist may opt to use dental veneers which are very thin shells that are placed over your natural teeth.

Dental Braces – Dental braces are commonly used to align and straighten teeth. This is also one of the older method used to correct underbites, overbites, and crooked teeth. Braces can take years to correct dental alignment but is more affordable and inexpensive.

Invisalign – Another innovative way to straighten teeth. It is a set of removable clear plastic aligners that works the same as dental braces minus the obvious metal wires. This works in a shorter amount of time than traditional dental braces but it can be more expensive.

Six Month Smile – This is another procedure that uses clear and tooth-colored brackets and braces. Unlike Invisalign, Six Month Smile braces are attached to the teeth and are not removable. What’s more interesting is that this treatment lasts for an average of six months so it’s recommended for adults who wants to make fast improvements to their smile.

Invisalign vs. Six Month Smile:

Some people are embarrassed when they wear a mouthful of unsightly metal braces. In order to address this problem, conventional braces have been developed and enhanced to be less noticeable.

Invisalign and Six Month Smile are two of the innovative treatments that use clear braces to gradually correct crooked teeth. To help you understand which of the two dental procedures is suitable for you, here is a brief comparison of Invisalign and Six Month Smile:

Invisalign Advantages:

They are removable so you can take them off when you eat, brush, or floss your teeth.

They are hardly noticeable.

They can provide comprehensive and gradual orthodontic movement that can last for 1-2 years of treatment.

Six Month Smile’s Advantages:

The braces are attached to the teeth so the treatment can be faster. The average treatment period last only for six months.

The brackets and thin wires are clear and hardly noticeable.

It can be less expensive than Invisalign.

Now, with modern techniques such as Invisalign and Six Month Smile, straight and aligned teeth can be achieved without conventional braces. If you think you are a candidate for any of these procedures, call (847)742-4214 today and let Dr. William Holevas evaluate which treatment works best for you.