If your anterior teeth are slightly misaligned and you wish to achieve a permanent enhancement, Dr. Patrick F. McEvoy offers cosmetic orthodontics at his Mountain View, CA, practice. Instead of an 18- to 24-month treatment involving brackets and wires, Dr. McEvoy can prescribe an expedited treatment using removable appliances that provide a straighter, more beautiful smile in a fraction of the time. During a consultation, Dr. McEvoy can determine if cosmetic orthodontics are right for you.
Cosmetic Orthodontics versus Other Cosmetic Treatments
There are a number of cosmetic treatment options that can address slightly crooked or gapped teeth. Both porcelain veneers and dental bonding can effectively conceal these imperfections. However, neither of these treatments is considered permanent.
Dr. McEvoy also offers Invisalign®, but generally reserves this treatment option for patients in need of orthodontics for both cosmetic and practical reasons. For patients who are only interested in straightening their teeth for cosmetic purposes, he may recommend cosmetic orthodontics.
Cosmetic Orthodontics Options
Dr. McEvoy offers several cosmetic orthodontic treatment options to meet the varying needs and preferences of his patients. Individual treatment plans may include just one approach, or a combination of all three to achieve optimal alignment:
- Custom-made retainers
- Aligner trays
- Nighttime-only retainers
When you come in for your cosmetic orthodontic consultation with Dr. McEvoy, he will carefully examine your teeth to determine which treatment option—or combination of treatments—is the best way to straighten your teeth.
With cosmetic orthodontics, you can expect to achieve a straighter smile in time for a portrait, graduation, or other event that requires you to look your very best.
Are You a Candidate for Cosmetic Orthodontics?
In general, if you have minor issues with your anterior teeth, such as slightly crooked teeth or small gaps between your teeth, and are in good overall oral health, you may qualify for a cosmetic orthodontic treatment. These treatments can benefit patients who only wish to straighten their teeth for cosmetic reasons and do not suffer from moderate to severe alignment problems such as an overbite or underbite. For patients whose orthodontic problems are more pronounced, Dr. McEvoy may recommend Invisalign®.
Benefits of Cosmetic Orthodontics
Regardless of which treatment option you choose, the appliances are all made from a clear plastic material. These materials are practically invisible, so you can feel confident if you need to wear them throughout the day to achieve your results. Because these oral appliances are custom-made, they fit comfortably over your teeth and will not cause discomfort. They are also removable, allowing you to eat all the foods you enjoy and easily care for your teeth. With cosmetic orthodontics, we can straighten your teeth in far less time than traditional orthodontics require, so you can expect to achieve a straighter smile in time for a portrait, graduation, or other event that requires you to look your very best.
If you are unhappy with your smile due to minor orthodontic issues such as a crooked anterior tooth, contact our dental office today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. McEvoy. He can help determine which orthodontic treatment is right for you.