Treat Overlapping Teeth to Improve the Appearance of the Smile
By Dr. David Wyse on September 18, 2017
There are many factors that go into creating an attractive smile, but most would recognize alignment as being one of the most important. If the teeth do not sit in their proper position, the teeth appear crooked and uneven. Overlapping teeth is a common problem for dental patients at Chrisman & Wyse Cosmetic & General Dentistry.
When the jaw lacks space and cannot accommodate the teeth, they can appear overcrowded. Our experienced dentists are happy to offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to address aesthetic flaws so that patients can enjoy a beautiful smile. Treatment for overlapping teeth at our Bloomington, IL practice is likely to involve either concealing this cosmetic imperfection or correcting malocclusion problems. We will go over treatment options with patients and help them choose a technique that is best suited to their unique situation.
Porcelain veneers are known for providing patients with whiter looking teeth and a more attractive smile. Porcelain veneers are also known to make the teeth look straighter and more even, which is why they’ve earned the nickname “instant orthodontics.” If overlapping teeth are detracting from the beauty of a patient’s smile, but not the health or function of their teeth, there is no reason to undergo lengthy orthodontic treatment. Within just two dental appointments, porcelain veneers can makeover the smile and completely conceal overlapping teeth.
Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front surface of the teeth to hide a full range of cosmetic flaws, such as overlapping teeth. Porcelain veneers greatly improve the appearance of the smile while barely compromising the integrity of the natural tooth. Our doctors will remove a small portion of tooth enamel to ensure that the veneers sit flush against the teeth and blend in naturally with adjacent teeth. After fabricating a set of veneers that has been customized to tooth shape, color, and size, the veneers will be tested for fit and then put in place. Once bonded to the teeth, veneers greatly improve the aesthetics of the smile.
When overlapping is severe, significant malocclusion problems require attention. Invisalign® allows us to correct spacing issues without compromising the appearance of the smile with metal brackets and wires. Invisalign® uses clear plastic aligners to straighten the teeth. Each patient progresses through a series of aligners (switching to a new set about every two weeks) until the position of the teeth and bite have been corrected.
Invisalign® treatment is usually complete within the same timeframe as braces. This treatment also offers a number of other unique benefits. Aside from the fact that the aligners are virtually invisible, they are far more comfortable than braces and can be removed to make eating and brushing the teeth more convenient. At the end of Invisalign® treatment, patients will have straighter, healthier, and more attractive teeth.
Overlapping teeth detract from the beauty of the smile and may pose a risk to the health of the teeth and gums. If you’d like to learn more about the treatments available to address overlapping teeth, we invite you to contact us at your earliest convenience.
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