Crooked or uneven teeth and or poorly aligned gums can be straightened with crowns or veneers.
Having braces sometimes doesn’t fit in with your life. When your teeth are really crooked, full braces is the ideal treatment. If the tooth position problems are minor, then a quicker treatment option is to make the changes with cosmetic dentistry. This Libertyville, IL patient did not like her slightly crooked smile with old caps or crowns that were opaque and fake. The uneven gum showed in her smile. She really wanted her teeth to be as even and symmetrical as possible.
All Porcelain Crowns - Straightening smile asymmetries with crowns or veneers.
This patient had "planned prosthodontics" to level out her smile, to even her gum display, to correct her tooth proportions, and to create better smile symmetry. The patient had some plastic surgery done to her gums. This was done by a gum specialist to create an ideal gum symmetry and to limit the amount of gum tissue exposed. She got the newest generation of the high strength all porcelain "E Max" crowns placed to align her new smile. EMax porcelain displays the translucency that natural teeth have.
Traditionally, braces are used to straighten and align your smile. Thanks to advanced technology, there are now alternatives that can achieve similar results, but require far less time. Dr. James Fondriest can do teeth straightening and correct the bite in a fraction of the time that braces may take. How is it possible to straighten teeth without braces? He does it with planned cosmetic dentistry. The finished portrait of the dental crowns before and after is below.
Tooth Alignment Treatment Alternatives
Gone are the days of braces, metal wires and retainers as the only way to achieve a straight smile. Committing to braced with a busy life can be difficult. Dental crowns and veneers can instantly straighten teeth without braces without compromising the overall oral health of a patient.
What situations can teeth be straightened without braces?
- Slightly crooked teeth: If you have perfectly healthy teeth then short term Invisalign might be perfect for you. These removable retainers can move your teeth in less than 24 months. Patients like them much better than metal braces. This is especially true on the upper jaw. If you have many restorations in you teeth, then cosmetic dentistry might be the shorter path.
- Bite issues or a bad occlusion: A retainer can often correct your problem. Sometimes the best solution is to have your dentist adjust the teeth that are causing the problem. This gentle reshaping rarely requires Novocaine. If the bite issue is major, and full braces isn’t an option, then changing the bite with crowns is easy.
- Some kids with narrow arches: Kids can be given palatal expanders to widen the upper arch. The expanders work very quickly and are rarely worn a long time.
Get a second opinion with a dentist or an orthodontist or both
We recommend that you get at least two opinions before moving forward with treatment. This especially important if crowns veneers or extractions are recommended. These options always elevate your plan to a complicated level. Some orthodontists promote only braces even when there are other options. Remember that there many ways to your goal.
You probably have been thinking about this for some time. It is true that our patients are their own best doctors. That having been said, it is still important to consult with an orthodontist. There are many ways to straighten teeth without full orthodontic treatment with fixed retainers and they do many of them. They see things that you might not have seen or understand. Hidden roadblocks often can change your plans dramatically. Sometimes braces are the only best option for you.
Cosmetic dental options to straighten teeth without braces
Dental Crowns can straighten crooked teeth
Would you like to have a dramatic before and after smile improvement after getting caps? If you suffer from misaligned teeth, Dr. Fondriest can achieve a dramatic change by using dental crowns to straighten them.
Dental crowns can be shaped to match the appearance of a natural tooth. Usually manufactured from a base of zirconia with an overlay of porcelain, or from porcelain entirely, dental crowns can look and function just like a tooth, without compromising the health of teeth. What is the best way to straighten my teeth without braces?
Heavy drilling on healthy natural teeth isn’t recommended. Anything more than slight misalignment is better handled with orthodontics.
Porcelain Veneers to Align Teeth
Like dental crowns, dental veneers can provide a patient with a straight smile without the hassle of braces. Porcelain veneers can be applied to a crooked smile with just a few visits. Just as a dental crown, a porcelain veneer will be shaped and crafted to look just like a natural tooth. Veneers are strong and can last for decades. Some people think that veneers will destroy their teeth. Not if you have a conservative dentist.
Not only do straight teeth offer a more stellar appearance, but they are also easier to maintain good oral hygiene. An aligned smile also keeps periodontal disease at bay. When the process of you want straight teeth in a short amount of time, consider dental crowns or veneers.
Learn more about how to straighten teeth without braces
If you have misaligned teeth, consider coming in for a second opinion. Dr. Fondriest will review your issues and goals. He can either direct you to an orthodontist or offer cosmetic dentistry options. We achieve dramatic changes using dental crowns or veneers to straighten your smile. Porcelain veneers or crowns can be shaped to match the appearance of a natural tooth. They can look and function just like a tooth, without compromising the health of teeth.
If you would like to learn more about improving your smile or how to straighten teeth without braces, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest by calling 847-234-0517. We are committed to helping you achieve your goal of a beautiful smile with the most conservative treatment plan available. This may include minor amounts of orthodontics. If you would like to see other examples of teeth caps before and after.