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Understanding Your Options in Teeth Straightening

Understanding Your Options in Teeth Straightening

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Did you know there are options for teeth straightening at the dentist? That’s right—you may not need to visit an orthodontist for traditional metal braces to correct misaligned, crowded, or crooked teeth. At Desert Dental Alternatives, our dental experts can assess what option is best for you based on your specific needs and smile goals.

Depending on your personal situation and the extent of your need, dental procedures such as veneers, crowns, or bonding may be right for you. Discreet alignment options such as clear aligners also offer teeth straightening alternative to metal braces without the need for a dental procedure. At Desert Dental Alternatives, we offer multiple dental options for teeth straightening so you can have the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of.

For more information on how to achieve your dream smile with straight teeth, Call Desert Dental Alternatives today!

Reasons You Need to Straighten your Teeth

Because having straight teeth is not just about having an aesthetically pleasing smile, there is more to teeth straightening than just correcting crooked teeth. You may consider your options for teeth straightening if you have:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Extra spacing between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

Straight Teeth are Important for Oral Health

There are many reasons you may need to explore teeth straightening options, and having a confident, perfect smile is only one of them (but of course, still a very important reason on its own!). Having tooth misalignment, crowded, overlapping, or crooked teeth, or even extra spaces between your teeth, can all lead to serious oral health concerns.

When your teeth are crowded, it can be difficult to clean between and maintain good oral health. Being unable to properly brush and floss your teeth leaves you susceptible to plaque and tartar that can lead to bad breath, cavities and decay, tooth discoloration, and even gum disease.

Straight, uncrowded teeth can also lead to difficulty chewing, jaw pain, and jaw strain. If you don’t already have jaw misalignment, crooked teeth can alter the way you move your mouth and leave you needing a more serious correction. And even if you had straight teeth before, your teeth can actually shift as time goes on. This can happen from wisdom teeth coming in, removing molars, mouth injuries, grinding and clenching habits, and other issues that can onset misaligned teeth well into adulthood.

Dental Procedures for Straightening Teeth

If you have a more serious issue, you may need orthodontics and traditional braces to straighten your teeth. These have more to do with jaw structure, such as an overbite, underbite, or a misaligned jaw. However, if your teeth are what is causing the misalignment and crowded or crookedness rather than your jaw, dental procedures can be explored in lieu of intense orthodontic treatments.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are a great cosmetic option if you are looking to improve your smile but only have aesthetic issues that give the appearance of misaligned teeth. Damaged, cracked, or chipped teeth can lead to a crooked or uneven smile. Additionally, overlapped or crowded teeth can be corrected with a crown. If only one or a few of your teeth are crooked or in need of correction, dental crowns can offer an easy fix.

Dental Veneers

Like dental crowns, dental veneers are an excellent cosmetic option to teeth straightening. However, if more than just a few teeth are causing an uneven smile, porcelain veneers may be for you. Porcelain veneers are different than full dental crowns, as they are shaped to be placed over the surface of your tooth. Not only can veneers assist in straightening your smile, but they also help to close any gaps or unwanted spacing between teeth. This is an especially beneficial option if you have more than one concern with your smile, such as discoloration or chipped teeth, that needs to be corrected.

Dental Bonding

A more affordable option for porcelain veneers, dental bonding is a quick and painless option for correcting minimally crooked or oddly spaced teeth. Using tooth-colored resin, a dental expert can correct and reshape the teeth to make your smile appear straighter. This is an excellent option for patients looking to redesign their smile.

Clear Aligners

For a smile corrected beyond cosmetic need, clear aligners may be your perfect option. At Desert Dental Alternatives, our dental experts customize the near-invisible MTM® Clear Aligners to gently align your teeth into a straight smile. These aligners work towards minor tooth movement (MTM) by applying gentle pressure to your teeth and get them to shift into a better, straighter position. If you have otherwise healthy, good-looking teeth and are simply in need of moderate straightening, clear aligners can help you achieve that picture-perfect smile.

Make the Choice for Straighter Teeth with Desert Dental Alternatives

Choosing the right teeth straightening dental option for you is important for longevity and success. The dental experts at Desert Dental Alternatives can help assess the best options for you based on your individual need, as well as your personal lifestyle and which option works best for you and your smile goals. Why wait? You can be on your way to having healthy, straight teeth, now!

Are you ready to have the straight teeth you’ve always wanted without the pain of wearing traditional braces? Call our cosmetic dentistry team at Desert Valley Alternatives TODAY and let us lead you on your smile journey!