The main objective of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of your smile. Straightening your teeth is absolutely a part of that! Depending on your goals, a cosmetic dentist will recommend a treatment program that includes orthodontics to improve your bite and straighten your teeth.
Cosmetic dentists receive advanced training in the latest techniques to help create and restore beautiful smiles. Other treatments that fall under the classification of cosmetic dentistry include teeth whitening or bleaching, bonding, veneers, dentures, and implants.
If you are missing any teeth or need major work on one or more teeth, your dentist will take care of these problems before you would discuss straightening your teeth. You want to be sure your teeth are not going to change in any significant way after they are straight, or they will require more orthodontic work to get to where they need to be. For example, if you have a gap where a tooth is missing, the rest of your teeth can shift towards that gap over time. This is something you would want to take care of before you elect to align and straighten the rest of your teeth.
Once any crowns or implants are in place, you may discuss your options for straightening your teeth. Many adults choose invisible aligners like ClearCorrect over traditional braces. ClearCorrect offers clear alignment trays that are removable whenever you eat. It can straighten teeth, close gaps, correct crowding, and correct your bite. Because ClearCorrect trays are nearly invisible, you don’t have to be self-conscious about having braces as an adult.
Custom trays are created for you after you have X-rays and impressions taken by your dentist. The aligners gradually shift your teeth while your dentist monitors your progress and indicates when it’s time to change to the next set of aligners in the series. Each treatment plan with ClearCorrect is unique, but many patients see a noticeable difference in their smiles after only a few months.
Cosmetic dentistry, including orthodontics, can make a big difference in your self-confidence. Depending on the circumstances, it can also provide a more balanced and aligned bite so that eating and talking are more normal. For expertise in cosmetic dentistry in Eugene, Oregon, call Dr. Ari Binder of 360 Dental or request an appointment online. Our friendly office is waiting for your call at (541) 689-1645.