An alternative to metal braces, clear aligners use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position. Clear aligners move your teeth by applying pressure on specific teeth. Over time, they gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. One of the popular brands of clear aligners, Invisalign, is an excellent option for most orthodontic patients, including adults who would like straighter teeth but don't want to wear braces. Clear aligners can address dental issues like crossbite, underbite, overbite, gapped teeth, and crooked teeth.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that go over damaged or aesthetically flawed teeth to protect them from further harm. Crowns can restore the shape and size of your teeth, give you a more aesthetically pleasing smile, and protect a weak tooth from breaking or cracking. Crowns can also be used to cap dental implants. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, metal, or ceramic materials.
When your tooth suffers minor to moderate damage, your dentist may suggest a dental filling. Dental fillings can restore your tooth to its natural function and shape by repairing tooth cracks, chips, and cavities. Besides, fillings also close off the spaces created by tooth decay, preventing the entry of bacteria to the tooth roots, thus preventing further tooth decay.
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth. The veneers look completely natural. In fact, they are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. They can be used to whiten the teeth, close gaps between teeth, and reshape teeth. Dental veneers are bonded to the front surface of the teeth, and the placement of veneers involves removing a small amount of enamel from the enamel.
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that will replace your missing tooth. Dental implants are usually made of titanium, which is a bio-compatible metal. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, where it will fuse with the bone. This process, called osseointegration, takes several months. The implant will eventually support a crown, bridge, or denture.