Most everyone wants the same outcome: beautiful, white teeth. It’s getting them that can be a problem. The dream of perfect teeth is often marred by overbites or underbites, gaps, and crowding, just to name a few difficulties. Teeth that are crooked or out of line are known as malocclusion, which impacts about 75% of American adults. If the condition is not treated, in time chips and cracks will show up, perhaps followed by periodontal disease. Then the problem becomes more than just worrying about how you look when you smile. Now the worry could be receding gums, neck and ear pain, and in severe cases, bacteria that enters your bloodstream and compromises your overall health. This is where invisalign and dental veneers can help.
What’s the Solution?
For a long time, braces were the best – and only – way to treat problems of malocclusion. Metal braces, or brackets, are the type most adults remember and the least expensive. Ceramic braces are the same size as the metal type, but they are “tooth-colored” to be less noticeable. Lingual braces look the same as the metal, but the brackets that hold them are fitted inside the teeth, making them much less noticeable. Invisalign dental braces are the newest and most expensive. They are made of clear plastic, are almost invisible, and have to be replaced every two weeks.
Enter Dental Veneers
Gaining popularity over braces of any type are dental veneers. These thin porcelain and plastic dental veneers are inserted over the existing teeth, and they become a permanent fixture. Dental veneers are shaded to match the color of the natural teeth. The shading may vary just as it does with natural teeth. The process usually takes about three appointments with a porcelain veneers dentist and is conducted with light anesthesia. Some of the advantages of this technology include:
* Natural teeth do not have to be straightened, which can be costly and
* A tooth retainer is not needed.
* This type of treatment is usually faster than metal brace fittings.
Need Help Straightening Your Teeth? Dr. Massiah Can Help!
If you experience any type of malocclusion, make an appointment to visit the New York City office of Dr. Shaun Massiah. After leaving his native Guyana, Dr. Massiah attended New Jersey Dental School to pursue his plan to “change people’s lives through dentistry.” Let this porcelain veneers dentist explain the advantages that this kind of treatment might bring to your own dental problems. If you have recurring troubles with your teeth or are concerned about your health and appearance, call Dr. Massiah today at 212-222-5225 or fill out a contact form.