Few individuals are born with a picture-perfect, straight smile. For the rest of us, minor imperfections such as crooked teeth, discoloration, gaps, or even uneven gums, may impact the appearance of the smile. If these issues or others have caused you to feel self-conscious about your smile, you are not alone. At Dr. Clint Bruyere, DDS in Longview, TX, we help our patients love their smiles by correcting issues such as crooked teeth with cosmetic dental solutions. Our range of cosmetic dentistry solutions leaves patients with a more attractive, healthier smile.
While highly effective, traditional orthodontic treatment typically takes several years to complete. For many adults, this type of treatment is undesirable. Luckily, there are alternative cosmetic dental solutions that can address crooked teeth and dramatically improve the appearance of the smile in much less time. These treatments are often more comfortable, faster, and more discreet than traditional metal braces.
There are a few different cosmetic dental treatments that can correct or improve the appearance of crooked teeth. During a consultation, our team will discuss these options with you in order to tailor an individualized treatment that solves your unique needs. Some options that we may consider include:
Six Month Smiles corrects crooked teeth and address improper bite just like traditional braces. The treatment uses clear brackets and wires and that are more discreet than traditional braces. Six Month Smiles is considered a cosmetic treatment because it focuses only on the teeth that are visible in the front of the smile rather than the entire arches of teeth. As the name suggests, treatment is completed on average in about six months.
Porcelain veneers are considered one of the most versatile cosmetic dental solutions because they can disguise a wide range of imperfections. While porcelain veneers do not correct crooked teeth, they will give the appearance of a straight smile. The ultra-thin veneers are attached to the front of natural teeth to hide the imperfections. Because porcelain maintains many of the same visible characteristics of tooth enamel, veneers are a natural-looking cosmetic enhancement. The shade of porcelain is matched to neighboring natural teeth to allow the restoration to blend in with the rest of the smile. Aside from improving the appearance of crooked teeth, veneers can address other imperfections such as gaps, chips, cracks, or permanent discoloration. The process for porcelain veneers usually requires just two dental visits.
While veneers only cover the front portion of the teeth, dental crowns cover the entire visible structure of the tooth down to the gum line. Like veneers, dental crowns can be color-matched to existing teeth, however, they require more modification of the natural tooth before placement. With proper care, dental crowns can often last for up to 10-15 years.
If the appearance of your crooked teeth is bothersome, it’s time to learn more about your options for treatment. In addition to impacting the appearance of the smile, having crooked teeth can also impact your oral health. Practicing effective oral hygiene can be difficult with crooked teeth because it is harder to clean between them. When food particles remain trapped between teeth, plaque can build-up, leading to an increased risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
At Dr. Clint Bruyere, DDS, we will thoroughly assess your mouth to determine which cosmetic dental solutions will be best for your individual needs. Whether you opt for porcelain veneers, six-month smiles, or dental crowns, we will help improve your smile.
In addition to cosmetic dental solutions for crooked teeth, we can also help patients address other common cosmetic concerns such as discolored teeth, uneven gum lines or missing teeth. Our team is experienced in enhancing both the health and appearance of our patients’ smiles through cosmetic dentistry.