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Options for Teeth Straightening: Having a Perfect Smile

By Roni S. Berbari, DMD on November 11, 2015

Two friends smiling outdoorsBoasting years of experience, Dr. Roni Berbari is a leading dentist based in Montreal. He offers patients the latest in cosmetic dentistry and smile makeover techniques as well as advanced approaches to general and restorative dental care. He tailors each treatment to the needs of the patient in order to ensure beautiful smiles and great dental health.

A number of patients visit the practice with crooked teeth and spacing issues. Let's take a moment right now to consider the reasons why these should be addressed and what treatments for crooked teeth would be most ideal.

Aesthetic Flaws Caused by Crooked Teeth

If you have crooked teeth, they can make you very self-conscious about your smile. When you're around others, you might feel hesitant to smile, laugh, or speak. This might even be an issue with people whom you've known for years. If you're trying to make a good first impression, crooked teeth can definitely make this more difficult.

Dental Health Issues Caused by Crooked Teeth

In addition to the aesthetic flaws caused by crooked teeth, serious malocclusion can also result in serious dental health problems. For once, major misalignment of the teeth may mean that your bite is not as efficient as it should be. In such cases, it may actually hurt to bite and chew. In addition, crooked teeth is a common cause of teeth grinding (bruxism), which can cause tooth damage as well as TMJ disorders.

Porcelain Veneers for Minor Tooth Misalignment

For minor issues with misalignment that are predominantly cosmetic in nature, your best bet for treatment is to get porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are adhered to the fronts of the teeth. The veneers are semi-translucent, which helps them blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure while improving the overall appearance of your smile in the process.

Porcelain veneers are also able to address minor chips and cracks, dental stains, general tooth discoloration, and issues with size and spacing. Since porcelain veneers are so effective and achieve great results quickly, some people have referred to porcelain veneers treatment as "instant orthodontics."

Orthodontic Care for Major Tooth Misalignment

If you experience major tooth misalignment that is causing health problems, the best option for treatment is orthodontic care. By getting braces, the carefully applied pressure can shift your teeth into a much better position. This will improve the aesthetics of your smile while also enhancing your dental health.

There are many different treatment options for orthodontic care. While many patients will benefit from getting traditional braces placed, there are also alternatives to braces that use clear plastic aligner trays. The most popular of these treatments is called Invisalign, and it is both effective and generally free from the hassles and inconveniences associated with traditional braces.

Which Option Would Be Best for Me?

In general, the best option for you and your needs will depend on the nature of your dental misalignment. For cosmetic flaws, your best option is porcelain veneers, while malocclusion that impacts your overall wellness is better addressed through the use of orthodontic care.

During the consultation process, we will be able to help you make the best possible decision for your dental care needs.

Learn More About Solutions for Crooked Teeth

For more information about your options for teeth straightening and which treatment would be most ideal for you, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. Dr. Roni Berbari will work with you to ensure your smile is beautiful as well as healthy.

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