The idea of straightening teeth may bring to mind a mouthful of metal, visits to the orthodontist every few weeks, and even visions of complex and uncomfortable (and embarrassing) headgear. Is this what has been stopping you from straightening your teeth? If so, you may be interested in other, much simpler ways of straightening your teeth – Invisalign and porcelain veneers!
You probably know someone who uses the Invisalign system to straighten their teeth. You will be given a new tray approximately every 2 weeks to place over your teeth, which are gradually moved into their correct position. They are basically invisible and much more comfortable than metal braces. They can be removed when you need to brush and floss and also when you want to enjoy a meal or a drink.
Porcelain veneers are very thin and are made to fit right on your teeth. They can help fix teeth that are crooked and can also help teeth that are discolored or damaged. They are custom made just for you, in one or two appointments, and can even be made to match the color of your other teeth so no one can even tell you have them. They are also easy to maintain – just brush as you usually would.
Why should I straighten my teeth?
The reasons for straightening teeth aren’t just cosmetic. Having straight teeth is important for your oral and overall health.
For one thing, teeth that are crooked are difficult to clean thoroughly, especially if one tooth overlaps the other. Having teeth that are crooked means that all of your teeth are misaligned, which can cause problems with the muscles in your face and jaw. This can lead to headaches, muscle pain, and pain while eating.
Fixing crooked teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue – it is a health issue. Thank goodness you now have other options besides old-fashioned metal braces. Now is a great time to take care of this problem, with porcelain veneers or Invisalign trays, both of which are discreet, comfortable, and almost hassle-free. To discuss these options, make an appointment at Hampton Dental Associates in Milwaukee. Call today, at 414-377-5711!