Crooked teeth. Misaligned teeth. Gapped teeth. There are countless things that can be wrong or can go wrong with teeth. This is why having a Houston dentist that can take care of all of your dental problems, whether for aesthetic or functionality purposes, is very important.
At Cosmetic Dentists of Houston, we ensure that you receive the right treatment to straighten your teeth. There are various ways to make your teeth straight, but not all of those methods are recommended.
Ways To and Ways Not To Straighten Teeth
At our Houston cosmetic dental office, we have seen many patients who want an extremely quick way to take care of their gapped, crooked or misaligned teeth. One of those ways includes porcelain veneers.
“I’ve had patients come in with extremely crooked teeth that want [porcelain] veneers or [dental] crowns to straighten them,” Dr. Amanda Canto says. “The reality is I really really recommend they see the orthodontist to get the teeth straightened.”
The orthodontist at our dental office ensures that whichever procedure performed will have the best effect and will have the longest lasting results. Covering up the problem oftentimes, as with most things in life, doesn’t take care of the situation.
Although porcelain veneers and dental crowns can correct or cover up some aesthetic issues, it may be best to receive braces. At our dentist office in Houston, we offer traditional metal braces, as well as clear braces (Invisalign and Invisalign Teen). Having braces to treat crooked teeth, or misaligned or gapped teeth, ensures that your teeth will be straightened for the rest of your life – as long as they are applied correctly, and every step is followed by the dental patient. Also, braces, whether clear braces or traditional metal braces, must remain intact for the recommended period of time. Having the braces removed too soon can cause them to shift and become crooked again.
Dr. Canto recommends having an orthodontist make the decision on how the teeth should be straightened, instead of placing veneers or dental crowns over them.
“There is too much of a sacrifice made when you try to pretend that teeth are straightened that way,” Dr. Canto says. “They need to be structurally sound and functionally well-positioned so that they will last you a lifetime.”
Do You Have Crooked Teeth?
If you aren’t satisfied with how your teeth look – whether they are crooked, misaligned, or gapped – you should schedule your dentist appointment with our orthodontist at 713-622-1977 or online. Find out how your teeth can become straight and beautiful.