Luckily with modern technology, there are many options for a smile makeover. If you or a loved one is looking to improve your smile, you have just a few options. The right option will depend on your specific situation as not every mouth is exactly the same. If there are just a few minor changes that you would like made to your smile, like fixing gaps, discolored or misshapen teeth, then veneers might be the right answer for you. However, if you are missing whole teeth, dental implants might be the best option. Veneers are pieces of tooth-colored porcelain that are cemented to the surface of your tooth or teeth, whereas dental implants are artificial support frames and teeth that are surgically inserted into your upper or lower jawbones to replace missing teeth.
However, if you are looking to straighten your crooked or crowded teeth, then you have a variety of other options. These include traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign, and lingual orthodontics. Each work to help you achieve your goal of a perfect smile, just in different ways. You are likely familiar with traditional metal braces, which use brackets, wire, and bands to help slowly shift your teeth into position over time. Clear braces are very similar to metal braces except for the fact that they are made with material that makes the brackets clear or tooth-colored so that they are less noticeable. Invisalign is a dental treatment that uses clear, removable aligners, somewhat like a retainer to help align your teeth. These are beneficial because they are much more aesthetically appealing than traditional braces; however, they may also require more time. Lingual orthodontics is a treatment that is similar to traditional metal braces except for the fact that the brackets are placed behind the teeth so that they are virtually invisible. When it comes down to it, you have many options when trying to perfect your smile; so talk to Dr. Salim to determine the right option for you, and start your journey to the perfect smile today!