If you are unhappy with your smile and are starting to look into braces to solve a problem you should read this first. There are other cosmetic dentistry solutions to your problem. Braces can be effective but painful with many other issues while wearing them. Invisalign offers an alternative to braces with much less hassle as well as similar results. If you wish to avoid the painful process all together then maybe you should look into either Veneers or Lumineers as well. Our Florida cosmetic dentists want to help you understand the products and their benefits before making a decision.
First off braces get results. The problem is not their effectiveness but the many restrictions and issues. Some of these include requiring brackets and wires which can cut and irritate the mouth, increased effort when brushing or flossing, and many restrictions on what you eat.
Invisalign is a clear aligner that is made of medical grade plastic that fits over your teeth similar to how a glove fits on your hand. This process can be even faster than braces if you so choose. Some of the big benefits of choosing Invisalign over braces are that the aligners are nearly invisible on your teeth. The only added cleaning you have to remove the aligner and brush it as well as your teeth like usual. Invisalign also allows you to eat whatever you want because you can take them out whenever you choose. On top of all that the irritation to the inside of your mouth you get from braces is doesn’t apply to the clear aligners.
Veneers are a thin ceramic cover that is bonded to your teeth. Often used for minor smile corrections, the focus of this product is to create the smile that you desire quickly with as little pain as possible. This is a much faster aesthetic fix and they offer a very lifelike appearance as well as function like that of your own teeth. Veneers can last as long as 15 years and can actually strengthen your teeth that have been weakened by fillings or other issues.
Lumineers are the final option we will discuss. Lumineers are similar to Veneers but they are typically much thinner. Veneers may need drilling, shots, or even reshaping teeth before installation, but Lumineers do not. They are quick and easy to install and they leave your teeth unaltered for their installation. These thin porcelain covers are used for many cosmetic dentistry issues such as stains, discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps in teeth, and many other imperfections.
These 3 alternatives to braces all have their merits depending on your needs and wants. When choosing what option you want to use be sure to consult a Florida Family Dentist about your options and see what the best choice is for your particular need. There really isn’t a wrong choice but there may be a better choice and who better to lay it out and help you than a dentist who knows? Don’t hesitate start smiling.