Many adults want straighter teeth but do not want to wear metal braces. Fortunately, Invisalign® or porcelain veneers may be an option for you. These dentistry treatments offer effective smile enhancement without the metal wires and brackets of braces. Dr. Preet Sandhu is an experienced dentist in Crystal Lake. She is passionate about helping her patients enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles. Contact us today to arrange a consultation.
Invisalign® Straightens Teeth Without Metal
Invisalign® is a modern orthodontic option. It involves wearing a series of clear, plastic aligner trays that fit over your upper and lower teeth. The aligners are custom-made to achieve the exact teeth movement desired by your dentist. You'll wear each aligner for about two weeks before graduating to the next one. Invisalign® treats many cases of:
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly rotated teeth
- Bite misalignment
The catch is that Invisalign® is not right for every case of crooked teeth. Dr. Sandhu must examine your teeth and bite first. She may also want to review x-rays of your teeth and the underlying bone. If teeth are significantly crooked, then traditional braces may be necessary. Invisalign® cannot provide the same directional force and torque that braces can. Dr. Sandhu will help you find an option you're happy with.
Invisalign® trays are completely removable. You take them out to eat, drink, brush and floss, so there aren't any dietary restrictions or special cleaning techniques required with this option. The trays are clear, so most people won't be able to tell you are wearing them. For adults especially, being able to straighten crooked teeth without co-workers, friends, dates or acquaintances noticing is a very desirable thing.
It usually takes anywhere between 6 months to 2 years to complete Invisalign® treatment. It depends on your specific case. A greater degree of crookedness generally requires more time to straighten. Dr. Sandhu will be able to provide you a tentative timeline when you visit her for a consultation.
Porcelain Veneers and "Instant Orthodontics"
Porcelain veneers may be an option for rejuvenating your smile. Veneers do not straighten teeth, but they conceal flaws and create a new tooth surface. They are versatile and conceal many problems, including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Stained teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Worn teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Certain cases of crooked teeth
While veneers cannot straighten your teeth like orthodontics, they can conceal teeth that are misshapen or unevenly sized. It may be that these issues are the root cause of your dissatisfaction with your smile, and not crooked teeth. If the teeth don't actually need to be straightened, then veneers may be a good option for creating the smile appearance you want.
Arrange a Consultation To Learn More
Ready to find out if you can straighten crooked teeth without braces? To arrange a consultation to discuss Invisalign® or porcelain veneers, as well as any other options that are right for you, please contact our practice at 815-893-6345. We are located in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and our patients visit us from across the region, including Algonquin and Lake in the Hills.