Do you suffer from crooked teeth? Does your smile have gaps that you’d like to get rid of? At The Hills Dental Spa in Austin TX, we offer a variety of teeth straightening solutions. Schedule an appointment today and talk with one of our expert team members to discuss which teeth straightening method would be best for you.
You can now have the benefit of braces, without the braces! Invisalign technology is an orthodontic tooth straightening option without unsightly brackets and metal wires. Invisalign gradually moves your teeth through a series of custom-made, removable, nearly invisible plastic trays. These trays are worn daily and you upgrade to a new aligner approximately every two weeks.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The Invisalign teeth straightening system is not much unlike traditional braces. Both treatment processes work by pressing on teeth in a very specific manner to move them into the proper position. The main difference in how the two techniques differ is that Invisalign works via clear plastic aligners. The process begins with very precise picture-taking. Digital images using a special system provide the Invisalign lab with a working model of your teeth. In the Invisalign lab, the images of your teeth are made into a progressive animation in which the teeth are repositioned as needed. Using this animation, the lab comes up with a treatment plan. The Invisalign process works by wearing custom-made aligners most of the day and night. They can be removed for meals and for oral care and should be quickly replaced afterward. The aligners press on certain teeth based on where you're at in your treatment program. Every two weeks, you switch your aligners to continue progressing your teeth to their proper position. This technique continues until all misalignments have been corrected. Invisalign is a great treatment option for many cases of crooked teeth. It may not be advisable for severe malocclusion ("bad bite").
How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?
Your Invisalign treatment will look different than other peoples'. The duration of treatment is estimated based on the amount of straightening that needs to occur. Proper wear will also affect the timing of treatment. It is important to remove aligners only for short periods of time. With proper wear and mild to moderate misalignment, Invisalign treatment may take as little as six months or up to about 18 months. Your dentist will discuss their estimate with you during your consultation.
What is Face Forward Orthodontics?
Face Forward Orthodontic treatment is unique in that it doesn't just straighten your teeth. It remodels the upper jaw and midface, referred to as the nasomaxillary complex, so your jaw sits in its most natural position and alignment. Sometimes, straightening teeth isn't enough. This orthodontic treatment straightens teeth and also stimulates bone growth in the upper jaw to help develop a fully-mature structure. This is all done without oral surgery.
What Can Veneers Treat?
Veneers are a mainstay of cosmetic dentistry because they can address so many different concerns! While they're often considered by patients who have one or more teeth that are misshapen or oddly sized, veneers can also be used as a form of instant orthodontics. Keep in mind that veneers are simply thin wafers of porcelain that are bonded to teeth. They do not correct crooked teeth, they merely change their appearance to look straighter.
Who is a Candidate for Veneers to Straighten Teeth?
Provided that your teeth and gums are generally healthy and you have a good bite, you should be a good candidate for veneer treatment. This process can disguise the appearance of gaps between teeth and may also cover up minor overcrowding. A veneer can also make a slightly turned or crooked tooth appear straight. Veneers are a lifetime investment. Dr. Winters performs a thorough dental examination to ensure that veneers are a suitable treatment. While long lasting, veneers may need to be replaced at some point due to wear and tear
How Does Dental Bonding Straighten Teeth?
Dental bonding works on similar issues as dental veneers. In fact, the bonding process may be referred to as direct veneers. This is because, during the dental bonding process, the dentist applies a tooth-colored composite resin to the tooth, then shapes and sizes it to look straight and properly sized. One of the benefits of dental bonding for a straighter smile is that the treatment is done in a single visit, rather than the two or more that are required for dental veneers. That said, you should also know that dental bonding does not last as long as veneers.
Invisalign Before & After Photos
What Our Patients Have To Say
“I’ve been to the Hills Dental spa twice now and I love going there! They pay attention to all the little details from start to finish. Like water, tea, and snacks in the waiting room and a hot pad for your neck to help you relax during your cleaning and dental services. I have been going to different dentists for years and have yet to find a dentist with excellent customer care and the latest in dentistry. The Hills dentistry team often goes to weekend trainings around the country to better their services. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a new dentist or on the fence about getting dentistry services!”
Alter the color and/or shape of the teeth in your smile with porcelain veneers. You may want to close a gap, straighten a crooked smile, correct broken front teeth or whiten discolorations that you‘ve lived with for years. Changes can be made to your smile in a matter of a few weeks and the benefits of a more beautiful smile will last a lifetime.
Tooth Veneers Before & After Photos
One or two slightly crooked front teeth can often be ‘straightened’ using cosmetic bonding. This teeth straightening process uses a tooth-colored composite resin material to cover the front surface of the tooth to gently change the shape of the tooth, giving the illusion of a straighter smile. This option is not as long-lasting as a porcelain veneer but is a lower cost cosmetic solution to improve your smile in just one office visit.