Do you suffer from an overbite or underbite, crowding, protrusion (commonly known as buck teeth), gaps, teeth that are rotated (sometimes called a snaggletooth), or other malocclusions that have left you too embarrassed to smile? Our society places a lot of value on looks, and nothing is more important when it comes to first impressions than a beautiful, healthy, perfect smile. So it’s not surprising that individuals suffering from crooked teeth feel badly about their appearance. But thanks to modern dentistry, you need not go through your entire life saddled with this sad affliction. There are many ways to address crooked teeth and create the gorgeous smile you’ve been dreaming of.
Braces may not be the quickest way to get the straight smile you’re seeking, but they are generally the best option. The only problem is that as you get older your teeth may become a lot harder to move around. This isn’t to say that you can’t get braces as an adult, but you’ll likely see better results if you get them when you’re younger. In other words, don’t delay. The benefit of choosing braces, despite the cost and time commitment, is that you won’t have to compromise your natural teeth in any way. They will simply be moved into proper alignment. If you suffer from overcrowding, you may have to agree to having some teeth pulled in order to make space, but otherwise you’ll end up with a perfect smile that is 100% your own teeth, even if they weren’t naturally in such good alignment. In truth, braces can end up being one of the least costly options, as well.
But if you’re not keen to live with braces and undergo frequent adjustments for the next 2-3 years, there are other options to consider. In some cases, veneers may be a quicker and easier means of achieving your goal. In this scenario, your teeth would be filed down so that a straight veneer could be added over the top, creating, for all intents and purposes, a perfect smile. This is not an inexpensive procedure and it does come with some caveats. For one thing you may have to replace veneers every ten years or so. Also, the material used is unlikely to stain over time in the same way teeth do, but they can’t be whitened.
As a last resort, you could also opt to simply cut to the chase and get dentures. This option should be reserved for cases where teeth are not only extremely crooked, but also damaged. If it is likely you’ll have to have teeth removed down the line due to tooth decay or other issues, you might not want to spend money on braces or veneers now only to shell out a lot more money later on. The place to start is by speaking with your dental care professional at Los Gatos Family Dentistry or getting a referral to an orthodontist for a consultation. These doctors can help you to determine the best course of action for getting the beautiful, straight smile you deserve.