While having straight teeth undoubtedly enhances a person’s appearance, there are many other more vital reasons to invest in straightening them. Straight teeth are easier to clean, don’t inhibit speech or chewing, and are less likely to chip, crack, or wear down. At her Studio City practice, Dr. Jamie Sands offers several options for a straighter smile that can significantly improve your comfort, confidence, and quality of life.
Invisalign® is a virtually invisible alternative to braces. Impressions are taken of the patient’s mouth to create a series of trays that will slowly straighten the teeth. Depending on the patient’s age and the degree of correction needed, the straightening process can take from six months to two years. The trays are removable, so the patient does not have to alter their diet to protect the device.
If some teeth are longer than others or have protruding edges, they can be improved with tooth reshaping. The overlapping or long edge can be filed to reduce sharpness and make the teeth appear straighter. Jagged edges can also be corrected, and dental bonding can be used to fill smaller gaps.
Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that cover the natural tooth, which will be shaped to fit the veneer. They mask virtually any imperfections and create a beautiful, straight, and white smile. Veneers are typically only applied to the front upper teeth, so patients who need more extensive correction in the back of the mouth will benefit more from braces or Invisalign®.
If you are interested in learning about solutions for crooked teeth in the Studio City area, contact Dr. Jamie Sands at (818) 306-5153 or fill out our online contact form to request a free consultation.