Many of the patients who visit our Bel Air, MD dental office are embarrassed by their crooked teeth. Additionally, they resist orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces. Dr. Kimberly Comeau of Harford County Dentistry cares about the dental health risks from having crooked teeth.
Patients with crooked teeth find it difficult to brush and floss their teeth effectively. This can lead to many oral health issues including a tooth cavity, bleeding gums, gum disease as well as TMJ disorders. TMJ disorders should not be ignored because they cause headaches, teeth grinding and facial pain.
Modern dentistry offers comfortable, convenient options for straightening teeth that are discreet and effective. Dr. Comeau offer conservative options that include straightening teeth with or without braces.
Straightening Teeth with Clear Aligners
Most adults prefer to use clear aligners to straighten their teeth. Dr. Comeau is qualified to offer her patients Invisalign® clear aligners. Invisalign® is the original brand of clear aligners in the United States. It is best for people who have mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
Invisalign is a series of custom removable trays that are clear and ultra-thin. The highly durable material is transparent and will fit snugly against your teeth. To make them, we take 3-D images of your teeth at our office. Invisalign will fabricate them to the specifications of each patient.
You will change the aligners about once a week. In doing this, your teeth will slowly shift into proper alignment. They will not cause damage to tooth enamel or gum tissue. The benefits of clear aligners vs metal braces include:
- Improved Oral Hygiene
- A Discreet Option
- More Dietary Choices
- Comfortable To Wear
- Provides Teeth-Grinding Protection
Straightening Teeth Without Braces
Dr. Comeau also offers several ways to fix crooked teeth without braces. We offer our patients several ways to straighten teeth without braces or clear aligners including:
Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain Veneers are permanent dental restorations that cover the front of a tooth and are extremely durable. Dr. Comeau can use them to hide very minor tooth imperfections. They are made of ultra-thin porcelain that will look and feel like your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers require three visits to our cosmetic dentistry office to design, create, and place.
Dental Crowns – A dental crown covers the entire tooth and is permanently bonded into place. The crown provides strength, aesthetics and lasting durable function. A dental crown is stain and decay resistant and we will color match it to blend in with your smile for beautiful results. A dental crown is best for teeth that have more significant issues such as decay or broken teeth.