Adult Options for Fixing Your Smile

17 September 2019
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


As an adult, a less than perfect smile can sometimes have far-reaching consequences. Not only can the state of your teeth affect your confidence and affect how you perform in the world, but it can also affect how others view you. Taking steps to improve your smile can help increase your confidence, which in turn can help your career, friendships, and even how you relate to your family and loved ones. The following are a few products to consider.


Crooked teeth are relatively common, but many people think they are something that can only be addressed during the teen years. It can also be uncomfortable to wear braces as an adult due to how others will view you. Further, if you are young, you may be afraid that braces may affect how others at the office view you in terms of maturity. Thankfully, there is a solution. Invisible braces, such as Invisalign, are not obvious like the traditional metal brackets most teens wear. These braces consist of clear aligner trays that you can take out to eat or if you don't want to wear them for an important work presentation.


If small gaps, discoloration, or uneven teeth are issues, then there is an easy solution. Veneers are thin porcelain covers that are placed over your front teeth. Your dentist will file down the enamel on the teeth so the veneers fit flush and feel just like your natural teeth. Veneers are not a temporary solution - they are used to permanently fix your smile. Veneers are applied in one office visit, although there may be an initial consultation where casts are taken from your teeth so the veneers can be made.


Sometimes the issue is a missing tooth. If you have lost a tooth to decay or trauma, you may be nervous about smiling and others seeing the gap. Fortunately, implants are an option to permanently fix this problem. Your dentist will install a metal post into the bone. Once the post heals in place, a porcelain crown that looks like your tooth is placed on the post. A couple of teeth can be placed on one post, if necessary. If for some reason an implant isn't advised, you can have a bridge installed to hold the crown in place, instead. For a bridge, the dentist will suspend the crown from the two healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth.

For more help in improving your smile, contact a dentist that provides Invisalign.