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Your smile is an important feature that you understandably may be concerned about. If there is something about your smile that you do not like, you may shy away from speaking in social or professional situations. When you speak or smile, you may unconsciously cover your mouth with your hand. This can impact your level of self-confidence and how others see you. Understandably, you want to improve the look of your smile so that you can feel proud of your appearance. The good news is that there are several different types of treatment that your orthodontist can use to give you a smile that you are proud of.
Whiten Your Teeth
Teeth can easily become discolored or yellowish with age as well as because of your lifestyle factors. For example, smoking, poor brushing habits, drinking dark beverages and other habits can cause discoloration over time. Yellowish teeth may be one of the first things that other people notice about you when you smile or open your mouth to speak, and they can create a negative impression. Whitening is an effective way to produce a smile that you are more confident about.
Professional whitening services may be more effective than at-home treatments. However, you may still need several treatments to produce the ideal look that you desire. For longer-lasting results, adjust your lifestyle factors to minimize the incidence of future discoloration after the whitening treatment has been completed.
In addition to discoloration of teeth, another common issue that many people have relates to gaps between their teeth, chipped teeth and other related issues. Bonding is an excellent solution for dealing with these cosmetic problems. Through the bonding process, a bonding agent is applied directly to your tooth or over chipped areas, and it hardens quickly after application.
Keep in mind that the bonding process could also improve discoloration and fill cavities. Therefore, this may be a more comprehensive solution to tackle multiple aesthetic dental issues at one time. Bonding is a long-term solution, but it is not a permanent treatment. Follow-up procedures may be required every few years so that you can continue to love your smile.
Focus on Veneers
An alternative to bonding is a veneer treatment. While bonding is a liquid agent that hardens quickly after it is applied, veneers are custom-made sheets of durable enamel material. These firm pieces are made in an appropriate shape, size and color to give you natural-looking results. They are bonded directly to the teeth and lasts longer than bonding. This process can help you to overcome unpleasant cosmetic issues related to discoloration, chips, uneven teeth, misaligned teeth and more.
Contour Uneven Teeth
Contouring your teeth adjusts their shape and size. This process may be completed along with your natural teeth, or it may be combined with the bonding process. Contouring can shorten teeth that are longer than the others. It may smooth out chipped or rough teeth. It could also eliminate the appearance of overlapping teeth or correct a minor overbite issue. This is a fast treatment option that often produces long-lasting and even permanent results. Usually, you can enjoy excellent results with one treatment.
Expand the Size of Your Mouth
If overcrowding is a concern, your orthodontist may recommend that you wear an expander for several months. This type of treatment could naturally expand the size of your mouth so that your natural teeth can fall more easily into place. It may be used as a stand-alone procedure or before braces are used to correct more significant aesthetic issues. An expander is a metal apparatus that is placed on the roof of your mouth.
Each day, you turn a small wheel in the expander to very slowly increase the size of your mouth. Natural bone will grow throughout the roof of your mouth as the apparatus expands each day, and this creates permanent results. Overcrowding could impact the aesthetic look of your smile, but it also could make it difficult to keep your teeth clean through regular brushing and flossing. Therefore, the likelihood of fillings or crowns is needed when your teeth are overcrowded.
Straighten Your Teeth
While these are all effective cosmetic treatments that each can improve the aesthetics of your smile in different ways, many people struggle with crooked teeth, a significant overbite or an underbite. Some teeth are even misaligned, and this can be a noticeable issue when you smile. If you have these types of oral health issues, your orthodontist may recommend braces.
The metal wire and brackets may regularly be adjusted so that your teeth slowly move into the desired location. A retainer may be worn after this treatment so that the teeth stay in the desired location. There are several types of braces that you can consider. The traditional type involves gluing brackets to your teeth and running a metal wire through them. A more aesthetic approach is to use Invisalign. With Invisalign, customized, clear trays are created for your teeth.
Each week, you replace the trays with a new set. Each set is slightly different from the last one, which means that your teeth will slowly move each time that you replace a tray. Another option is to place the brackets and wire behind the teeth rather than in front of them.
Here’s the Kicker
You understandably want a beautiful smile that you can be proud of. Ideally, your smile will reflect straight, white teeth that add aesthetic appeal to your look. If you are struggling with any type of aesthetic issue with your teeth, turn to Gluck Orthodontics. As a family-owned and operated orthodontics office, Gluck Orthodontics is dedicated to providing you with effective results and friendly service.
Contact us here and start the Gluck Experience today!
2002 Richard Jones Road
Nashville, TN 37215
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Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.