Straight Talk: Teeth Straightening Treatment Options

Straight Talk: Teeth Straightening Treatment Options

Crooked Teeth, Orthodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry
PGA Dentistry
April 30, 2016
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The team at PGA Dentistry is proud to provide the patients of the greater Palm Beach Gardens area with the most state-of-the-art treatments around. This includes advanced cosmetic dentistry to makeover smiles as well as the latest in restorative therapies to improve overall wellness.

When it comes to treating crooked teeth, there are many approaches that can be taken. Let's take a moment to go over some of the options available for teeth straightening.

The Nature of Your Tooth Misalignment Will Determine Ideal Treatment

When it comes to straightening teeth, a dentist will consider if the problem is predominantly cosmetic in nature of if general dental wellness and overall health are impacted as well. Minor cases of tooth misalignment can be dealt with using predominantly cosmetic procedures, while more serious problems with crooked teeth will require orthodontic care and perhaps more advanced dental therapies.

During the consultation process, we will be sure to go over the various options available to you and which might be most ideal to improve the health and beauty of your smile.

Dental Bonding for Very Minor Issues

For very minor issues with tooth misalignment that are cosmetic in nature, your dentist may recommend dental bonding. Dental bonding involves the use of tooth-colored dental resins that are painted directly onto the teeth. This helps builds out tooth structure, which may be ideal for small gaps between teeth or minor asymmetry.

Porcelain Veneers for Cosmetic Misalignment

For more serious issues with tooth misalignment that are still predominantly cosmetic in nature, the use of porcelain veneers may be recommended. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are placed over teeth to mask imperfections. Since porcelain veneers are semi-translucent, they are difficult to detect. Porcelain veneers are great for spaces, minor crookedness, size issues, and asymmetry.

Orthodontic Care for Major Tooth Misalignment

When your tooth misalignment poses major issues to your dental health and wellness, cosmetic procedures are no longer viable. In these cases, undergoing orthodontic treatment is most ideal. This typically means the use of braces or an alternative to braces. The careful application of tension and pressure helps shift the position of the teeth along the dental arch.

Orthodontic care is generally easier to perform on children, adolescents, and teens, though adults can also undergo orthodontic care and achieve straight and healthy smiles from treatment.

Oral Surgery and Other Advanced Treatment Options

When issues with jaw alignment or position are involved with tooth misalignment, sometimes oral surgery and other kinds of advanced treatments are necessary. This is particularly true for serious underbites or overbites, problems with the shape of a patient's palate, and so forth. These advanced procedures are always tailored to the unique orthodontic needs of patients.

Schedule a Consultation at PGA Advanced Dentistry

For more information about straightening teeth and improving overall dental wellness, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. The team at PGA Advanced Dentistry will work with you to improve the look and overall wellness of your smile.

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