Why do people want straight teeth?
Most people would agree that a straight smile looks nicer. Closing gaps between teeth or adding some room between crowded teeth can help as well.
Even so, cosmetic improvements aren’t the only reason to try orthodontic care. Straight teeth are easier to clean, too, which can have long-term benefits for your oral health.
Whether you are an adult interested in short-term orthodontics or the parent of a teen who is ready to make some changes to his or her smile, we welcome you to visit Hellertown Dental Group.
By scheduling an appointment, one of our dentists can examine your mouth and let you know which of our orthodontic options could help you.
Braces Make Smiles Beautiful
Braces have been around for a long time. Sure, the materials may have gotten better, but the basic concept remains the same.
By attaching brackets to your teeth and passing an archwire between them, you can push or pull your teeth where you want them to go. The reason braces are still around is simple — braces work.
Braces work on a wide range of problems from crooked teeth to gaps between teeth to overbites and other bite problems.
Braces also work on severe alignment issues, which mean they might be the only option for some patients. Whether you get traditional metal braces or more modern ceramic braces, you can feel confident that you will finish your treatment with a new and improved smile.
Invisalign ‘Invisible Braces’
Invisalign® aligners were originally developed as a short-term orthodontic treatment for adults. Today, they are used to treat adult and teenagers who are interested in creating nicer, straighter smiles.
One of the reasons Invisalign was created was to provide an orthodontic option for patients who might feel self-conscious about wearing braces. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-designed plastic aligners that gently push teeth where patients want them to go.
Because of how the aligners are made, they have a way of blending in with your smile when you are wearing them. That means most people won’t notice you have anything covering your teeth while you are wearing an aligner.
Each aligner is meant to be worn for a few weeks at a time. They are removable, but you do need to wear them around 22 hours per day for the best results. You can take them out during meals, however, which many people consider one of Invisalign’s biggest advantages over braces.
In general, Invisalign can fix the same kinds of issues that you can fix with braces. The difference is that Invisalign may be a better option for patients with mild or moderate alignment issues.
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign is to meet with one of our dentists in Hellertown, PA.
Add Something To Your Smile With Veneers
Dental veneers may not be able to fix bite issues (overbites, underbites, etc.), but they can be used to fix a number of other problems you may have with your smile.
If you have crooked teeth, veneers can make them look straight. Veneers also can hide the gaps between your teeth or make crowded teeth appear more evenly spaced.
Unlike braces or Invisalign, veneers don’t move your teeth. Instead, veneers act almost like fake fingernails, if fake fingernails could last for decades at a time. Veneers can be bonded to the front your teeth. As a result, they can conceal flaws in your smile and give you the appearance of perfectly straight — and sparkling white — teeth.
Which One Is Right For You?
If you are ready to make a change to your smile, schedule a consultation at Hellertown Dental Group. Let us give you the information you need to choose the right treatment for you.