If you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth, you may be surprised to learn that there are dental treatments available to correct the look of practically any dental blemish. Here are a few common cosmetic dental applications that can be used to transform the appearance of your teeth.
Invisalign is a dental treatment that is often used as an alternative to traditional braces. The system, which is appropriate for patients with moderately crooked teeth, uses aligners that are made of rigid, clear plastic.
The Invisalign treatment is preferred over other options because of its effectiveness, discretion, and convenience. Unlike traditional orthodontic appliances, such as conventional braces, the aligners of the Invisalign system are removable. As a result, they can be taken out of the mouth to make eating and brushing easier.
Each aligner fits over the teeth like a customized mouthguard. Since the aligners are clear, once they are in place, they are difficult to discern in the mouth.
The Invisalign system consists of multiple sets of aligners. Each set is worn for several weeks before being replaced by the next set of aligning trays in the series. Each successive set of aligners further straightens the teeth.
A whitening treatment can help improve the look of your teeth if they have become stained by natural or artificial pigments and colorants in the foods and beverages that you consume. The treatment includes bleaching agents that are typically peroxide-based.
Whitening treatments are available for purchase at local stores and can be self-applied. The application process usually includes the use of strips, trays, or brushes.
Strips may be precoated with the whitening product and are designed to conform to the shape of the teeth to maximize the product's contact with the enamel. When trays are used, the whitening gel or solution is applied to the trays before they are placed over the teeth. Brushes can be used to paint the product directly onto the teeth.
Professional whitening treatments are applied in-office by a dentist and tend to whiten quicker and more effectively than the over-the-counter alternatives. Additionally, prior to the application of the treatments onto the surface of the teeth, the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth are protected to minimize irritation.
If the discoloration of your teeth is permanent due to a birth defect or a blow to the mouth, dental veneers or crowns may be more appropriate treatments.
For more information about dental treatments that can improve the look of your teeth, schedule an appointment with a dentist in your local area, such as Jacob L. Revercomb DMD.Share