In the past, patients that had gaps in their teeth and uneven or crooked teeth had one treatment option: orthodontic care. Unsightly silver braces were placed on the teeth, generally for a period of one to three years, to move the teeth into proper alignment. Today, patients have alternative options to choose from. Some patients may be suitable candidates for treatment with invisalign® or porcelain veneers. The invisalign® system gradually shifts the teeth into the desired position, while porcelain veneers can be placed to mask dental imperfections such as tooth crowding, asymmetry, and gaps. OurLas Vegas cosmetic dentists at Jason L. Downey, DDS Dentistry offer both of these smile makeover procedures to our patients.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
The invisalign® system can be used to correct overcrowding of the teeth, close spaces between teeth, and treat crossbite. To find out if you are a good candidate for treatment, schedule an appointment with one ourLas Vegas invisalign® providers. During your appointment, our dentists will determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. If the invisalign® system will help you meet your goals, we will take X-rays, photos, and impressions of your teeth. This allows us to develop a treatment plan and manufacture your custom aligners. The aligners are made of a clear, comfortable plastic material, and can be removed when you eat, brush your teeth, and floss. Each set of aligners should be worn for about two weeks before you can move on to the next set of aligners. Over time, your teeth will shift into their proper position, resulting in an improvement in appearance and dental health.
Instant Orthodontics with Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can be used to hide a range of dental flaws. One of the most popular uses ofporcelain veneers is the “instant orthodontics” treatment. Instant orthodontics refers to procedures in which the veneers are used to treat crooked teeth, spaces between teeth, asymmetry, and other problems that are typically corrected with lengthy orthodontic treatment. The advantage of porcelain veneers is that treatment can be completed in as little as one or two dental appointments, spaced just one week apart. The instant orthodontics porcelain veneers treatment involves the conservative removal of some of the patient’s natural tooth surface to accommodate the veneers. After an impression of the teeth is made and the patient’s custom porcelain veneers are fabricated, they are securely bonded to the existing teeth. The result is a set of uniform, straight teeth and a beautifully enhanced smile.
If you are interested in learning more about the teeth straightening options that are available to you,contact Jason L. Downey, DDS Dentistry today. Our skilled dentist, Jason L. Downey, DDS, can examine your smile and review your smile makeover options with you. The invisalign® system and porcelain veneers treatment both have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages; we will go over the differences between each treatment so you can make a more informed decision about the treatment that is right for you.