Are you self-conscious about showing your teeth in public because of crooked teeth? Have you considered braces but were worried about having braces as an adult? You might be surprised to know that metal braces are not the only method for straightening teeth or closing gaps! In fact, cosmetic dentists like Dr. Donald J. Alexander and Dr. Michael M. Greenburg have a variety of methods to enhance your natural smile so you don’t have to live with crooked teeth.
You’ve probably heard of invisible braces, and for good reason: clear braces can straighten teeth in both teens and adults in a discreet, comfortable manner. The aligners are made to be worn for 22 hours a day and are comfortable enough to sleep in. You can remove them for eating and brushing your teeth, and they can be easily cleaned.
Invisible braces usually take six months to two years to produce the desired results. The exact length of time needed depends on several factors, such as whether the bite needs adjustment or if the teeth are more severely misaligned. Your dentist can give you a more precise estimate based on your unique needs.
Cosmetic bonding produces natural-looking results with a minimally-invasive, relatively quick procedure in which your dentist applies a composite resin to the front of the problem teeth. This closes the gaps between teeth, reshapes them, and can even lighten the shade of natural teeth to appear whiter. This procedure can be performed in a single office visit and does not require needles or anesthesia.
Porcelain dental veneers are another common cosmetic treatment for both crooked or misaligned teeth and for improving the color of the teeth. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are directly attached to teeth and can cover large gaps or make teeth appear straight without the need for orthodontic treatment.
In some cases, veneers are a good alternative for invisible braces, but your dentist will be able to determine which method is best for you. Dental veneers can remain affixed to the teeth for several years and are resistant to stains.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Jacksonville, FL
You don’t need to be unhappy with your smile when a cosmetic dentist can bring out the best it. A cosmetic dentist can correct alignment issues, crooked teeth and more. If you want to enhance your smile, then give our Jacksonville, FL office a call at 904.372.8157 or contact us online.