When you have teeth that are not straight as an adult, there are a couple options to fix them that do not require traditional metal braces. You can use an invisible aligning system, or mask the problem using dental veneers. While both treatment options have their own advantages and disadvantages, only you can make the decision about which one will work best.
Veneers will be a solution to crooked teeth that have immediate results. Expect to have an initial appointment where measurements are taken for your new veneers, and only a couple days later you will be able to have them applied to your teeth. It's a painless process, though the procedure can cause sensitivity to foods that are cold and hot afterwards. Many people prefer veneers over alternative procedures because they can change the size, shape, and color of existing teeth.
The disadvantages of veneers are that you must wear them for your entire life. This is because the process of installing them involves shaving off part of the enamel so that the veneers adhere to the teeth's surface. You will also have to make alterations to the foods that you eat, such as avoiding hard foods, dark liquids, and heavy consumption of alcohol. Depending on how bad your teeth are, your dentist may not recommend the procedure due to them just covering up a bigger problem.
If you are having problems with the way you bite, using Invisalign will help fix the problem by straightening your teeth. The aligners can be removed when eating, so there are no limitations to the food you can eat during the treatment process. Invisalign is not viewed as a purely cosmetic dental procedure since they can adjust your bite, so it's possible that your dental insurance will pay you back for all or some of the bill.
The biggest disappointment about Invisalign is that it will not correct your teeth instantly, and can take months or years to correct a dental problem depending on how bad it is. You may find that the aligners cause soreness, and it will still require regular dental checkups to ensure everything is going smoothly.
You shouldn't ignore your crooked teeth, and either of these two procedures could give you the wonderful smile you desire. If you need more guidance about which one is best, speak with A Q Denture Services or your dentist about it during a consultation.