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How Veneers Can Give A Straighter Smile With No Braces

If your teeth aren’t perfectly straight, you may assume that your only option is to wear a brace. The good news is that this isn’t the only treatment out there that will benefit you. If you don’t want to have braces, you could consider veneers instead.

What exactly are veneers?

Veneers are ultra-thin, tooth-shaped shells, which are placed onto the surfaces of the natural teeth to transform the smile. In many cases, veneers are made from ceramic materials, most commonly porcelain. They look very similar to natural teeth and they can change the aesthetic of the smile dramatically.

Veneers are a very versatile cosmetic treatment, and they can be used to address a wide range of cosmetic flaws, including:

  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Stained and discoloured teeth
  • Worn and misshapen teeth

Veneers vs. braces

If you have crooked or crowded teeth, this can affect the overall aesthetic of your smile and your confidence. If you long for a more attractive smile, you may be considering having braces. Braces are a very effective solution for orthodontic problems, which affect the alignment of the teeth and the bite. While many patients opt to have braces to straighten the teeth, this isn’t the only option. If you’re more concerned with the aesthetic of the smile, rather than repositioning the teeth, veneers may be a solution worth considering. Veneers won’t alter the position of the teeth, but they will enhance the look of your smile. Veneers produce results in around 2 weeks, while braces usually take at least 4 months.

If you long for a beautiful smile, and you’re not sure whether you should choose braces or veneers, our friendly, skilful dentists can talk you through the pros and cons of each option and give you tailored advice based on your individual needs and your treatment preferences and aims.

If you’d like to find out more, call and book a consultation today.

How to Get a Suddenly Straighter Smile with No Braces

If you have wonky or crowded teeth, but you don’t like the idea of wearing braces, you may have given up on the dream of a straight smile. If this is the case, we may have good news for you. With veneers, we can give you a stunning straight smile without a bracket or band in sight.

About Veneers

Veneers are incredibly fine and delicate shells, which are made from ceramics like porcelain, or dental composite. They are shaped like teeth, and they are applied to the surface of your natural teeth. Often, dental veneers are used to address aesthetic imperfections like discolouration, chips, and worn teeth, but they can also be used to hide gaps between the teeth and create the illusion of perfectly straight teeth. Unlike braces, which actually move and align the teeth, veneers simply cover the flaws, and create a beautiful new aesthetic.

Veneer treatment usually takes 2-3 weeks. During the first appointment, we’ll go through the ins and outs of treatment, talk you through the process, and start preparing your teeth for treatment. Depending on the type of veneers you choose, we may have to remove a very fine layer of the surface tissue to make space for the veneers. Each patient receives bespoke veneers. During the second appointment, we will fit your veneers, and you can take a look at your incredible new smile for the first time.

The Advantages of Veneers

Many people who don’t have perfectly straight teeth are reluctant to have orthodontic treatment, and veneers offer an alternative. If you don’t want to wear braces, but you want a straighter, more attractive smile, veneers may be an option worth considering. Veneers are famed for producing flawless smiles, and you don’t have to wait to see the results. The process is painless, and you’ll emerge the other side with an amazing smile and bags of confidence.

If you like the sound of veneers, why not give us a call and find out more?

Straight teeth without embarrassing braces with Invisalign from Basildon dentist

Nobody ever wants to wear a brace but everybody wants to have straight teeth but sometimes it is an inevitable sacrifice. One to two years with a mouthful of uncomfortable and unseemly metal braces to have straight teeth at the end. This was always the deal available to patients in the past. This can be particularly unpleasant for patients in their emotionally turbulent teenage years when standing out from the crowd is the last thing they want. It can also be unfortunate for older patients, when the stigma of metal braces being for younger people can be embarrassing especially in a professional environment. Thankfully there is now a solution to this dilemma.

In 1999 a company called Align Technologies introduced their Invisalign range of invisible plastic braces. This was a system that offered genuinely discreet teeth straightening that was also effective. Clear plastic retainer braces had existed before but had often been ineffectual bordering on useless and most patients were still opting for the old fashioned metal braces.

Invisalign braces are manufactured from one millimetre thick clear plastic and moulded to fit over the patient’s teeth with small adjustments. These small adjustments are designed to gradually move misaligned teeth into position over time. By using twenty to thirty retainers, each worn for a period of two weeks (although treatment times do vary on a patient to patient basis), overcrowding and misaligned teeth can gradually be straightened with out the need for fixed metal brackets. Invisalign braces are also almost completely invisible unless standing very close to the patient. They also have the advantage of being completely removable so can be taken out for eating or important business or social occasions.

Invisalign braces are the first invisible brace that offers genuine straightening power as well as a real level of discretion. It is now possible to have straight teeth without having to sacrifice up to two years of your life to the uncomfortable and embarrassing metal brace. Dentists will be able to offer further advice and information about Invisalign clear plastic braces and assess whether they could be suitable for your teeth. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Self-confident smile with Inman aligner form Billericay dentist

One of the first things we notice about people when we meet them is their smile. It is one of the most important ways of communicating that humans have and so it is important that you have a good one. A lack of confidence in smiling because of self-confidence issues caused by your teeth can have a real impact on your life so it is important that you are comfortable and happy with your teeth.

Patients who do not have naturally straight teeth can regain this self-confidence by using orthodontic straightening devices, more commonly known as braces. Braces have been used for decades to straighten teeth but have previously been uncomfortable and ugly metal brackets that can result in a further loss of confidence. Although the teeth would eventually be straight, the procedure involved wearing the unseemly braces for up to two years, which did little to restore patient’s confidence, especially those in their difficult teenage years.

However, with the recent advances in dental technology there are finally more pragmatic solutions to misaligned teeth. One of the most recent and effective braces to emerge is the Inman aligner. A discreet and incredibly fast-acting brace that can achieve visibly straighter teeth in as little as six-months, a reduction of 75 per cent on previous treatment times.

The aligner achieves these incredible results by utilizing the force of a coiled spring. The spring sits on the tongue side of the teeth and gradually moves the lateral teeth out creating room for the front teeth to move into. These are then aligned using a straightening bar that runs along the front of the teeth. This bar is the only visible part of the brace.

The aligner may cause some initial discomfort when fitted but this will usually fade after the first week, but this is common to all orthodontic appliances. Other than this the treatment is relatively free of discomfort. Another benefit of the Inman aligner over traditional fixed braces is that it can be removed for important social or professional occasions.

If you are suffering from overcrowded teeth or lacking the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile, ask a dentist about the Inman aligner and see whether it could bring the smile back to your face. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.