Malocclusion problems, or crooked teeth, are often caught and treated early on, while a patient is still an adolescent. Unfortunately, there are many cases that go untreated. Even when a patient has undergone orthodontic treatment, it is not unusual for the teeth to gradually shift over time. This means that many adults find themselves with crooked teeth that negatively impact the appearance of the smile and compromise oral functions. A crooked smile may be one of the last things a patient wants, but many aren’t eager to wear braces either. Fortunately, Dr. Timothy Sluser offers cosmetic dentistry treatments to enhance the beauty of the smile by addressing the appearance of crooked, misaligned teeth. These cosmetic teeth straightening treatments offer our Pittsburgh, PA patients solutions that are more comfortable, convenient, and attractive than traditional braces.
Invisalign® is a great option for patients who have moderate to advanced malocclusion problems. The clear, plastic aligners treat many of the same issues as traditional braces. However, Invisalign® treats these issues in a way that is far more comfortable and convenient for patients. Rather than relying on brackets and metal wires to shift the teeth into proper alignment, Invisalign® treatment achieves these results by having patients progress through a series of aligner trays. These aligners sit comfortably over the teeth and are clear and discreet.
Additionally, Invisalign® aligners are removable. Being able to remove the aligners while eating or brushing the teeth is convenient for patients. As long as patients consistently wear their aligner trays for 20 to 22 hours a day, they should achieve teeth straightening results in a time frame that is comparable to that of traditional braces. Patients who are looking for an effective but discreet treatment for crooked teeth will likely find that Invisalign® treatment meets their needs.
Invisalign® offers many advantages that braces do not, however, it is a lengthy treatment that requires commitment. Porcelain veneers offer a much faster alternative for those patients who want immediate results. Because porcelain veneers can provide patients with a straight and attractive smile in as little as two dental appointments, this treatment is also known as instant orthodontics.
Porcelain veneers differ from Invisalign® and braces in that they do not actually shift the position of the teeth. Instead, porcelain veneers, which are thin porcelain shells, are bonded to the facial surface of the teeth. These fabrications conceal the natural teeth and present a straight, uniform smile. One of the many advantages of porcelain veneers is that they can address a number of cosmetic issues at once. Aside from hiding minor alignment problems, porcelain veneers can also improve the size, color, and shape of the teeth. For those patients who are candidates, porcelain veneers can provide a complete smile makeover.
Many patients are pleasantly surprised to learn that there are several treatment options that address crooked teeth and a misaligned smile. If you want to straighten your teeth and would like to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by Dr. Timothy Sluser, contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.