Smile re-alignment can be an additive-reductive process
Often times patients request veneers when their teeth are significantly crowded, rotated, or poorly spaced. It is beneficial to limit the amount of tooth structure removal when doing cosmetic veneers. Far less tooth structure is lost if an orthodontist is employed to fix tooth alignment prior to doing the veneers. This patient just finished orthodontics. The orthodontic goal was to improve her occlusion and to align the tooth roots and to create a natural symmetry of the gum tissue. The front worn tooth edges were left uneven because that is much more easily fixed with veneers.
Pre-prosthetic alignment of teeth to lessen amount of tooth preparation
Treatment consisted of subtle teeth reshaping, lower tooth surface smoothing, bleaching, and 6 Feldspathic veneers were done on the upper front teeth. She wanted very smooth surface texture and natural coloration of her new veneers.
Combining Orthodontics with Other Procedures
At Lake Forest Dental Arts in Chicago, IL, Dr. James Fondriest frequently recommends some level of orthodontic treatment prior to cosmetic enhancements. An artistic smile design offers a comprehensive makeover that can boost your confidence for years to come. Having some simple short term use of braces can make a significant difference in the outcome of a smile makeover. An example of a 4 month localized orthodontic procedure would be placing braces on the lower front 6 teeth only. The lower front teeth may not show as much in your smile but the lower teeth hit on the backsides of the upper teeth. If the lower teeth are uneven, then we would have to make the backsides of your new upper veneers or crowns uneven also. This leaves your new cosmetic investment slightly more vulnerable to instability or future movements.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the correction, occlusion, and the alignment of teeth. Orthodontic treatments can also help with a patient’s overbites, underbites, and jaw misalignment.
With proper examinations, treatment and care, orthodontics can have wonderfully lasting effects on patients.
Benefits of Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatments have many benefits. Some of those advantages include:
- Aligning the teeth allows the dentist to drill less when doing your crowns
- Close gaps between teeth
- Straighten misaligned teeth
- Improve speech
- Properly align jaw for comfortable biting and chewing
Kinds of Orthodontic Treatments
Orthodontic treatments have come a long way and offer patients an array of options to correct dental issues. Some of the most common orthodontic treatments include:
- Metal braces
- Ceramic braces
- Lingual braces
- Self-ligating braces
After the required time to wear orthodontic treatments, many patients may have to wear additional apparatuses such as retainers, ensuring alignment and other corrective issues remain intact. Retainers may only have to be worn for a certain number of hours. It is best to follow the directives of your orthodontist, ensuring that teeth do not relapse, and orthodontic treatments must be worn again.
Orthodontics as Combination Treatment
Quite frequently, orthodontic treatments may need to be worn, before receiving additional restorative treatments, such as veneers, whitening, or cosmetic bonding. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. James Fondriest sees patients, who have been referred by orthodontists. Once the teeth are aligned with orthodontics, there can still be spaces, or other issues with the teeth. In such an instance, orthodontics may be the first step in a corrective and restorative treatment program, ending with a corrective treatment such as veneers. Dr. Fondriest will thoroughly examine your teeth, discuss the next step of corrective procedures needed, and provide the quality restorative treatments for your smile.
Contact Lake Forest Dental Arts
If you have worn orthodontic treatments and now are seeking a dentist for additional corrective and restorative treatments, contact our Chicago, IL practice, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest by calling 847-234-0517. We look forward to providing you with quality, personalized care.