I have been looking for a solution to a crooked tooth. I’ve been to three dentists and each of them has suggested something different. Thus far I have been told to get braces, get porcelain veneers, and even to remove the crooked tooth and get a dental implant. I suppose my situation is more complicated because all my teeth are straight except for this one tooth. I feel like each of the dentists I have spoken to have given me the procedure THEY want to do. I’m hoping as you are not anywhere near my city and I can’t get traatment from you, that I can get an unbiased opinon from you. What should I do about this one crooked tooth?
For one crooked tooth, I see two good options for you. However, whatever you do, please do not allow them to remove this crooked tooth. Unless there is something seriously wrong with that tooth that you haven’t mentioned, that suggestion is the most aggressive, unnecessary overtreatment I have heard in a while.
Valid Option One— Invisalign
I know someone suggested braces. I don’t know if that was traditional braces or not but I do have a better option for you if that was the case. There have been incredible advancements in orthodontics these days. My suggestion, if you want to actually straighten the crooked tooth, is to use Invisalign.
Instead of metal wires and brackets that traditional braces use, Invisalign uses clear aligners. These are invisible even at a conversational distance. No one would even know you were straightening your teeth. They also have the hidden benefit of allowing you to whiten your teeth at the same time, if that is something you are interested in. The aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. Simply ask your dentist to provide you with the whitening gel and you can apply it while you wear your aligners. It’s like getting a mini smile makeover.
Valid Option Two— Porcelain Veneers
This option will not straighten the crooked tooth, but it can make the tooth look straight. Porcelain veneers use tiny wafers of porcelain to completely remake your smile, including the shape, size, and color. It is what celebrities use to get that Hollywood smile. Unless you want to place porcelain veneers on at least eight to ten teeth, depending on how wide your smile is, you will need to do teeth whitening as well. Don’t let any dentist do this. You need someone with advanced cosmetic dentistry training and artistry.
If you are on a tight budget, then Invisalign is the better option for you. If money is not an issue, then you can do either one. I’d only suggest porcelain veneers, though, if there are other things you want to change about your teeth. I would not consider it worth the cost just to fix one tooth.
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