Braces are usually associated with teenagers, but if you never got crooked teeth straightened when you were young, you may be wondering what your options are as an adult. Many adults want to correct the alignment of their teeth, but don't necessarily want to deal with the embarrassment of highly visible metal braces.
Luckily, advances in dental technology mean that there are ways to straighten your teeth without needing metal braces in Las Vegas. Here at Nevada Dental Aesthetics, we offer a number of discreet and effective ways to correct your smile.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles work like braces, but take less time and are much less noticeable. They consist of clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that don't stand out as much as metal braces, and treatment is complete in around 6 months (actual treatment time can vary between 4 to 9 months).
Metal braces take much longer, are less comfortable, and are immediately noticeable as soon as you open your mouth.
ClearCorrect is an adult braces alternative popular with men and women who want to avoid braces altogether. ClearCorrect involves the use of a series of transparent aligner trays custom fitted to the patient's mouth. These aligners are removable, making activities like eating, brushing, and flossing much easier. In addition, they are practically invisible while being worn.
Most people know the brand Invisalign better than ClearCorrect, but ClearCorrect is American-made and less expensive than Invisalign while being equally effective.
Porcelain Veneers or Dental Bonding
If you only have a few slightly crooked teeth that aren't interfering with your bite or neighboring teeth, porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be an option. These options are purely cosmetic; they will not "fix" your teeth so much as disguise their crooked nature.
- Dental bonding is a fast and effective way to correct minor cosmetic issues. It consists of a tooth colored resin applied to the teeth in order to mask imperfections like minor crookedness, chips, or cracks.
- Porcelain veneers are thin shells affixed to the front of the tooth to give the appearance of a straight, flawless tooth. Veneers are a long-term commitment, as some of your natural tooth enamel will need to be removed so that the veneer can fit properly in the mouth. Veneers are stain-resistant and durable, and a favorite among people with multiple cosmetic issues.
If you have crooked teeth that you want to correct, schedule a consultation with Dr. Paez today by calling 702-737-3553. He will examine your teeth and let you know about all options you may be a candidate for.
Dr. Paez serves patients in Summerlin, Spring Valley, and other areas in and around Las Vegas.