There are several ways to achieve straighter teeth. The first treatment that may come to mind is traditional metal braces. Fortunately, this is no longer the only option for attaining the smile you have always wanted. Thanks to advances in dentistry and orthodontics, the Invisalign system can leave you with straighter teeth in typically 12 to 18 months. Other options, which are cosmetic dental procedures, include dental bonding and veneers. Depending on the extent of misalignment, Dr. France Chevalier can recommend the right treatment at her Ottawa practice.
For mild to moderate misaligned teeth and malocclusion, Invisalign may be the ideal solution. Invisalign involves a series of clear aligners that are numbered in the order they are to be worn. They are changed every two weeks as the teeth gently move into proper position and the bite improves.
In contrast to traditional orthodontics, there is no need to worry about metal brackets and wires that can irritate the cheeks and gums. Patients can eat whatever they want without having to worry about food becoming trapped between the wires and the teeth. They can also enjoy sports and playing instruments without any metal in their mouths. Aligners can be removed before meals or special events such as weddings. You can remove the trays for brushing and flossing, so there are no changes to your current daily oral hygiene regimen.
Dental bonding and veneers
In some situations, patients may prefer a cosmetic solution for achieving straighter looking teeth. Cosmetic procedures may be ideal if there is no malocclusion. Dental bonding or veneers can cosmetically enhance the smile. For dental bonding, we place composite resin onto the teeth. The material hardens and the teeth are polished. Veneers are wafer thin shells that are placed on misaligned or gapped teeth. The shells are porcelain, which is natural looking and stain resistant. With excellent oral hygiene, dental bonding or veneers can last for years. The result of either treatment can be teeth that look perfectly straight.
Which treatment should you choose? The best way to determine which solution is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chevalier by calling our team at 613-233-1118 today.
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