Are you worried about not being able to find an alternative to braces to help straighten your smile? Fear not. Today, our Vancouver dentists list other options that are available.
A mismatch in your jawbone can lead to extra space between your teeth, which in turn can lead to other oral health problems. Below are some procedures you might consider if, for whatever reason, braces are not an option for you.
This titanium-based artificial tooth root is surgically anchored to your jaw so a replacement tooth or tooth can be held in place. Dental implants are not supported by neighbouring teeth, which is actually an advantage as it allows for a more permanent and stable solution to missing teeth. After the titanium root is inserted into your bone, the bone and tissue will fuse and heal around the implant.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and gums.These normally come in two varieties: full and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are placed in your mouth just after all of your teeth have been extracted. A partial denture is attached to your natural teeth using a clasp or other retaining device, and can easily be removed from your mouth.
Are your teeth naturally widely spaced? Dental veneers may be an option to reduce the gaps. These thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials are used to cover the surface of the teeth to change their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of your teeth and can alter their size, shape, length or colour.
A crown can be used to restore the shape, appearance, and function of a tooth that has been damaged.
A crown is typically used to strengthen your tooth structure after a root canal. Crowns can also be used to support large fillings, hold a bridge in place, or cover discoloured or deformed teeth. They are also used to cap dental implants.
Much like veneers, dental bonding can be used to decrease the gaps between your teeth. Tooth bonding is a procedure in which your dentist repairs damage to one or more of your teeth using a tooth-coloured composite resin. It is usually a more cost-effective solution as it is normally less expensive than other cosmetic dental procedures like crowns and veneers.
Invisalign employs a series of aligners that are almost imperceptible to others. They are low profile when worn and easily removed, so you don't have to be afraid to smile while undergoing treatment. Invisalign is a 3D computer imaging technology that should be effective in straightening your smile.
Patients will be given a series of aligners, which could be as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner must be worn for approximately two weeks. Throughout treatment, your teeth will gradually begin to move into the correct positions. Except when eating, brushing, or flossing, you will need to wear the aligners full time.