Fixing a crooked smile without braces

Other options apart from orthodontics

Your smile is often the first thing that people notice about you. Having a beautiful, bright smile will make a lasting impression. Some of us, present party included, don't have perfect teeth. As you get older, orthodontics become less appealing. I know that I don't want to have metal brackets on my teeth for the next two years. How can you fix your crooked smile without getting traditional braces?

Cosmetic dentistry has grown tremendously over the last decade. Dentists are able to work wonders to fix an unattractive mouth. Even people with severely discolored or missing teeth can have a perfect grin. Here are some of the most popular methods for creating a million dollar smile.

Crowns

Commonly used to fix chipped teeth or after a root canal, a crown is is a porcelain cap that fits around the entire tooth. If you want to drastically change the look of your smile, a cosmetic dentist may recommend crowns on all of your teeth. Before a crown can be placed, most of the tooth structure is drilled away. Your dentist will grind the tooth down to a post. The crown is then cemented into place. Because all of your tooth enamel is removed in the process, you may experience some discomfort while waiting for your permanent crowns to be made.

Veneers

Movie stars love to flash their pearly whites, but did you know that many of them have veneers over their teeth? Veneers are very thin, porcelain covers that are glued on top of the tooth enamel. Some veneers, such as Lumineers, are as thin as a contact lens. Less tooth material needs to be removed in preparation for veneers, as compared to crowns. Veneers are fitted and placed in as few as two visits. They are another permanent solution for creating a glowing smile.

Flippers

If you watch Toddlers & Tiaras on TLC, you know that a flipper is a set of false teeth that slips over top of your real ones. They are custom made by creating molds of your top and bottom teeth. Most flippers have to be removed before eating or drinking, but the Snap-On Smile brand allows wearers to eat comfortably while wearing them. Unlike crowns and veneers, flippers are a non-permanent option for those wanting a fabulous smile.

Before rushing off to overhaul your smile, be aware that all of these cosmetic dentistry options are very expensive. Some of them even cost more than braces. Before you make a decision, schedule a consultation with your dentist to find out which solution is best for your needs.

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