If you think you need braces to straighten your teeth, you may have missed some important news in the world of dentistry. Today you have many options for straightening your teeth and improving your smile without braces. Depending on your situation, you may be able to get straight teeth fast, in as little as a few office visits, without metal, pain or embarrassment. Here are just some of the ways you can get straight, beautiful teeth.

young adult woman smiling and holding an invisalign piece

Invisalign Aligners

Aligners are clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth and gradually bring them into the proper position. The aligners are comfortable, and you can remove them yourself. It is recommended that they be worn nearly all the time, except when you eat and brush your teeth.

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, so most people won’t notice that you’re wearing them. Every two weeks during treatment, you’ll get a new set of aligners. The entire treatment time is about a year for most adults; a bit longer for most teens.

Instant Orthodontics

Our San Jose dentist, Dr. Nancy Nehawandian, offers a service called “instant orthodontics” . While “orthodontics” is in the name, this service doesn’t actually require moving your teeth at all. We use porcelain veneers and dental crowns to transform your smile into one you love. 

Porcelain Veneers

If you’re wondering, “how can I fix my smile when my teeth are healthy?” you may be a candidate for veneers. Veneers don’t move teeth or change your bite, so they are for people with good teeth who just don’t like how their smile looks. Porcelain veneers are wafter-thin sheets of tooth-colored ceramics that cover the front of your teeth. You can get veneers on a few teeth or all of them. In the case of instant orthodontics, people in San Jose typically get porcelain veneers on all their teeth. 

Veneers are applied to the front of your teeth and can completely change your smile by

  • Covering cracks
  • Filling in gaps
  • Whitening your teeth
  • Reshaping crooked teeth
  • Reducing the appearance of crowded teeth
  • Reshaping teeth

This is one of the quickest teeth straightening procedures available and can usually be completed in just two visits.

Dental Crowns

The other procedure we often use in instant orthodontics is the application of dental crowns. A dental crown is a “cap” that goes over your entire tooth. It covers the biting surface of your tooth and the sides and extends down under your gum line a little. This is a complete covering that can transform a broken, achy tooth into a beautiful one that’s pain-free. 

In the case of instant orthodontics, we’ll cover all your teeth with dental crowns, but they can be used one at a time in other applications (such as one broken tooth). Your dental crowns will protect your teeth as well as offer the benefits of improving your smile. They’ll perform all the same benefits as dental veneers, such as

  • Covering cracks
  • Filling in gaps
  • Whitening your teeth
  • Reshaping crooked teeth
  • Reducing the appearance of crowded teeth
  • Reshaping teeth

Instant Orthodontics Keeps Your Smile Healthier

While instant orthodontics will improve the appearance of your smile, this San Jose dental procedure has another often-overlooked benefit. Instant orthodontics will improve the health of your teeth.

Teeth perform their best and are safe from cracks and chips when they are in a line. When your teeth are straight, no fragile edges or corners are sticking out, and no one part of the tooth will receive more bite force than another. So, having straight teeth that are free from damage protects that tooth and the teeth around it from further damage. Straight teeth are also easier to take care of. Crooked teeth have the potential for stuck food particles that are difficult to remove. If you miss these particles when you brush and floss your teeth, you may experience gum disease and tooth decay. 

Straight teeth keep you healthy. It’s harder to eat crunchy foods such as vegetables and fruits with crooked teeth. By straightening your teeth, you may find that you start eating healthier too. 

Dental Bonding

The process of dental bonding uses tooth-colored dental resin to fill in gaps, restore cracked or chipped teeth, and even repair decayed teeth. Bonding can fix numerous problems that involve the way your teeth look and their health.

In some cases, your smile can appear crooked because your teeth are worn down. This can be the case in those who grind their teeth. After your teeth-grinding issue is addressed with a mouthguard, our San Jose cosmetic dentist can rebuild your teeth with dental bonding. Your smile that once looked crooked will now look straight and beautiful. Dental bonding is a fast treatment, only taking 30-60 minutes per tooth. You’ll walk out after one appointment with a new smile. 

Endless Possibilities for Your Smile with Orthodontics

With all the ways that today’s dental techniques can repair teeth and create beautiful smiles, no one has to live with an embarrassing smile anymore. If you would like to learn more about how cosmetic dentistry can help you, please come in for a complimentary consultation.