searching for a cosmetic
dentist in Southampton will be pleased to know that there are
several treatments available that can correct crooked or overlapping teeth.
Children with misaligned teeth are provided with metal braces that are rather
noticeable. Adult patients however have access to more discreet
teeth-straightening methods, which can provide results quickly.
A popular option
for patients with crooked teeth is to have clear braces made that will move
teeth into the correct position. Invisalign is a treatment that uses removable
braces to straighten teeth and allows patients to be less self-conscious than
if they chose to wear metal braces and brackets. An impression is taken of the
teeth which is then used to make custom-made aligners that are replaced every
few weeks. These aligners gradually move the teeth into their final position.
Once the treatment has finished, patients are given the option of having a
fixed retainer attached to the back of their teeth or, if they prefer they can
receive a clear, removable retainer to maintain the final position of their
porcelain sheets, veneers can cover stained or damaged teeth and can also serve
to correct the appearance of crooked teeth. Many patients prefer veneers to
crowns as the treatment requires only a little preparation of their own teeth
and can be conducted quickly. Veneers can be used to disguise one or many teeth
giving them a beautifully white and straight appearance.
involves applying tooth-coloured composite resin directly onto the teeth and
using it to reshape one or more teeth. Some patients like this treatment as it
does not involve drilling into the tooth like other treatments and it can be
reversed should this be required. In order to receive this treatment, the
patient will need to have sufficient tooth enamel on their teeth and have good
oral health. Composite bonding can be repaired unlike veneers that would need
to be replaced if damaged, but the material does not last as long as veneers
and can be affected by a patient’s eating, drinking and smoking habits.
It may be the
case that teeth are not just crooked, but a patient may also have teeth missing
entirely. There are many different treatments available to help these patients,
including dental bridges, dentures and implants. Dental implants are an
excellent option for those that want a more permanent treatment than dentures.
The implant acts as the root of the tooth and is attached to the patient’s
jawbone. Prosthetic teeth can then be attached to the implant as can dental
bridges. Dental implants can last for the duration of the patient’s life and
the prosthetics for many years, making it a wise investment for those with one
or more missing teeth.
Patients that are considering any type of
cosmetic dentistry should ensure treatment is conducted at a reputable clinic
by an accredited and qualified dental practitioner.