Straightening Crooked Teeth with Invisalign® or Porcelain Veneers

You may not be born with a perfect smile, but you can do something about it. That’s one thing that you should keep in mind no matter what dental problem you may have. When you visit Manhattan cosmetic dentist Dr. Maurice Benjamin, you will have your dental health assessed and will then get to discuss your many dental care options available.

When it comes to straightening teeth that are crooked, there are a few options out there to consider. Traditional braces are certainly effective, but say you’d like to fix your crooked teeth without visible brackets, wires, or bands. In that case, your options for straightening your teeth are porcelain veneers and Invisalign®. Let’s briefly take a look at both of these options and how they can be of benefit to you.

First of all, let’s look at porcelain veneers. Manhattan porcelain veneers are thin shells made of a special dental ceramic. These shells are affixed to the front parts of your teeth to help mask imperfections. While porcelain veneers can effectively address minor tooth misalignments and unevenness, they are also able to take care of other dental problems, including extremely stained teeth, cracked teeth, and chipped teeth.

Then there’s Invisalign®. The Invisalign® system involves the use of clear plastic aligners to help straighten the teeth. These aligners are custom molded to you teeth and help affect a gradual straightening of your smile over time. Basically, you wear your Invisalign® aligners at all times (except when you’re eating, drinking, or cleaning your teeth). You receive another Invisalign® aligner every two weeks to help straighten your smile over the next six months to a year.

Figuring out which option is right for you will require a full consultation at the office, but in general, porcelain veneers are best for minor misalignments while Invisalign® will be better for address more serious cases of crooked teeth. There are also cases in which a patient may have teeth that will need traditional braces to be properly straightened.

To schedule a consultation at the office and learn which option is right for you, contact our Brooklyn cosmetic dentistry office today.