Everyone wants a bright and dazzling smile they can show off with confidence. However, you may be shy about flashing your pearly whites if your teeth are uneven. This common dental issue may seem difficult to tackle, but thanks to modern cosmetic dentistry, there are many ways to effectively correct uneven teeth so you can smile your biggest smile. Some of these methods are simple and non-invasive, like contouring or veneers, while others are a bit more complex, like dental braces.
But before that, how do teeth get uneven in the first place? This unevenness can be due to various factors, including genetics, age, poor oral hygiene, and even accidents. You may think that such teeth are just a cosmetic issue, but the truth is that they can cause other dental issues, like dental decay, disturbances in chewing and may sometimes affect speech. Thus, correcting uneven teeth is essential to avoid these preventable problems.
Below are some ways to fix uneven, crooked, and damaged teeth!
Braces are commonly associated with fixing uneven, misaligned, gapped, crowded, and crooked teeth. However, they cannot be used in fixing cracks, chips, and other types of damage to your teeth. Braces in Singapore have long been used to help countless patients achieve a more symmetrical and straighter smile. These devices gently shift teeth into the desired position to correct misaligned bites or spacing issues. Don’t let your fear of wearing braces prevent you from showing off your smile!
That said, braces may not always be the answer for each case of uneven teeth, and your dentist may recommend other corrective dental treatment that will work better for your dental needs.
2. Clear Aligners
Clear aligners work similarly to braces but forgo the complex and conspicuous metal brackets attached to the teeth. Instead, they use clear plastic, making them a more discreet solution to teeth straightening. Hence, they are the best choice for those that want to keep a low profile.
Like braces, clear aligners slowly shift teeth into their right place using a series of clear plastic trays. Today, clear aligners are most commonly associated with Invisalign clear braces, and the terms are often used interchangeably.
3. Dental bonding
Dental bonding, commonly known as fillings, are among the least invasive ways of treating uneven teeth, gaps, and other minor tooth damage and is also a fairly short procedure that brings quick results. The process entails applying a small amount of composite resin to the affected tooth, which is then sculpted into the desired shape. The resin’s colour is then adjusted to match that of your other teeth, hardened and polished for good aesthetics. Once cured, you will have straighter and more symmetrical teeth!
Veneers are custom-made, tooth-coloured, and thin porcelain or composite resin layers that bond to your teeth, hiding minor imperfections like cracks, chips, gaps, and unevenly shaped teeth. They can also be used to mask teeth discolouration. As a non-invasive treatment, installing veneers can be done in several appointments.
While they may seem purely cosmetic, veneers can also improve your bite, help with proper alignment between your jaw and bite, and protect the teeth from further damage. They can last for many years with proper care, thanks to their durability. Composite veneers are less durable than porcelain ones so make sure to discuss your treatment options with your dentist to make the best decision.
Also known as tooth reshaping (also known as enamoplasty), contouring is a self-explanatory and painless procedure involving shaving off a thin layer of enamel from the affected tooth to correct small differences in its surface, length, or shape. Contouring is a quick and easy way to repair unevenness, teeth crowding, and chips, and it is most commonly applied to the front teeth.
Don’t let uneven teeth get in the way of showing off your brilliant smile by getting in touch with us at The Braces Practice! Let our friendly team of dentists provide you with the best solution to straighten out your teeth using our affordable dental braces in Singapore, such as traditional metal braces to Invisalign clear braces. Don’t hesitate to contact us today or book an appointment to visit us at our Bedok and Holland Village clinics!