Are you embarrassed by crooked teeth? Do you want to straighten your teeth, but don’t want metal braces? Plano dentist Dr. Jacob Grapevine offers a wide range of treatment options for crooked teeth including options for straightening teeth with invisible braces or even without braces. Patients with crooked teeth find it difficult to brush and floss their teeth effectively. This can lead to many oral health issues including a tooth cavity, gum disease as well as TMJ disorders, which cause headaches, teeth grinding and facial pain.
Dr. Grapevine is an Invisalign provider for teen and adult patients who can benefit from mild to moderate orthodontic treatment. He looks beyond “crooked teeth” to evaluate the chewing system that is made up of your jaw joint, bite relationship, alignment of teeth, airway support, and esthetics. Each patient has unique desires, situations, and outcomes, but our office is prepared to offer solutions for all of them.
Straightening Teeth With Invisible Braces
Orthodontic treatment is the most common way to fix crooked teeth. This can be achieved either through metal braces or clear braces. Most adult patients prefer to use invisible braces to straighten their crooked teeth. Dr. Grapevine offers two types of invisible braces: Invisalign will help you decide which treatment is right for you, depending on your specific condition.
Invisible braces are an excellent option for patients who have mild to moderate alignment problems. There are many benefits of invisible braces vs metal braces including:
- Effective treatment for a wide variety of alignment problems including: crowding, spacing, overbite and underbite
- Removable trays allow you to eat whatever you want
- Improved hygiene because you can brush and floss normally
- Smooth plastic instead of sharp metal means more comfortable treatment
- Convenience of visiting our Plano dentist office to monitor treatment instead of specialist
Straightening Teeth Without Braces
Many patients want to avoid wearing braces and there may be certain conditions where treatment without braces will yield better results. Dr. Grapevine will carefully evaluate your condition to determine if you are a candidate.
Straightening teeth without braces is used when there are no health considerations that would require braces. Common treatment options for straightening teeth without braces include the use of porcelain veneers and dental crowns.
Porcelain veneers: This popular cosmetic dentistry treatment covers the front and sides of teeth and can be used to correct minor problems in tooth alignment. Porcelain veneers are permanent restorations, made of ultra-thin porcelain designed to look and feel like natural teeth.
Dental crowns: A dental crown covers the entire tooth and is permanently bonded into place. This treatment is well suited for teeth that may have more significant alignment issues. They are stain and decay resistant and can last for many years if they are properly taken care of.
Featured Patients: Before & After
Invisalign Patient: One of the most common alignment problems is tooth crowding. In this case, tooth crowding has led to crooked teeth. Her teeth were also showing signs of wear and there was concern that gum disease would develop if no treatment was pursued. Invisalign treatment lasted approximately nine months.