Straighten the Teeth and Enhance the Beauty of Your Smile

Teeth Straightening Treatments - Woodinville, WA

Jan 12, 2016 — by Cristin Dowd, DDS
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry Porcelain Veneers Invisalign

Woman with a straight, attractive smileThere are many problems that can occur when the teeth are not properly aligned. First, it can be more difficult to perform oral functions with misaligned teeth. Second, teeth that are not spaced properly are more difficult to clean, and are, therefore, more prone to problems such as decay and infection. Finally, misaligned teeth compromise the appearance of the smile and make patients feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smiles. Cosmetic dentistry treatments can enhance the beauty of the smile, address the appearance of crooked teeth, and correct many of the problems associated with alignment issues. At Signature Smiles, we offer teeth straightening treatments that provide our Woodinville, WA patients with the straight, attractive smile they desire.

Teeth Straightening Treatment Options

When it comes to oral health problems and dental complications, there is rarely just one treatment solution. This is true in the case of crooked, misaligned teeth. Each case of misalignment is unique and varies in severity. As a result, the best treatment option for each patient may be different; the recommended treatment should be based on the patient’s specific needs and concerns. Below are some of the teeth straightening treatment options that may be considered by patients who wish to address crooked and misaligned teeth:

  • Traditional braces: Traditional braces are the most common treatment for cases of moderate to severe misalignment. This treatment typically takes at least 12 to18 months, and relies on brackets and wires to gradually shift the position and placement of the teeth. While traditional braces can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, they are effective in improving a patient’s bite and enhancing the appearance of a crooked smile.
  • Invisalign®: Invisalign® is similar to braces in that treatment is geared toward gradually shifting the teeth and improving the bite in order to eliminate misalignment problems. Like braces, treatment typically takes around 12 months. However, Invisalign® offers several advantages that braces do not. Rather than using brackets and wires, Invisalign® treatment uses a series of nearly invisible plastic aligners, which can be removed for eating, drinking, and brushing the teeth. These aligners are more comfortable than braces, more convenient, and far more discreet. Because of these advantages, Invisalign® treatment continues to grow in popularity.
  • Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics.” These cosmetic restorations are applied to the facial surface of the teeth in order to conceal crooked teeth and spacing issues. While porcelain veneers do not actually shift the teeth or improve the bite, they do offer a cosmetic solution to those whose spacing and alignment problems are not affecting the bite or the health of the teeth. This is a great option for patients who wish to quickly enhance the beauty of the smile, rather than endure lengthy orthodontic treatment.

Our dentists are happy to discuss each of these teeth straightening treatments in further detail, as well as recommend which treatment option may be best for each patient, based on the health and condition of their teeth.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are looking to improve your smile by addressing crooked or misaligned teeth, the dentists at Signature Smiles can help. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our teeth straightening options.

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