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Treatment for Overlapping Teeth: Which One Is Right for You?

By Joe McIntyre, DDS on September 25, 2017

Attractive brunette woman admiring her smile in mirrorCrooked and overlapping teeth can keep you from feeling confident about the appearance of your smile. If you avoid smiling for pictures or cover your smile when laughing, you may want to consider treatment for overlapping teeth at our Harrisonburg, VA practice. Our doctors at Smiles for Life Dental Care offer multiple cosmetic dentistry treatments, including discreet orthodontics in addition to porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of patients’ smiles. The type of treatment will depend on the severity of your dental misalignment and how fast you want results.

During your consultation, one of our doctors will review your smile and cosmetic goals to determine which treatment is best suited to your needs. Correcting overlapping teeth not only improves the aesthetics of your smile, it can also improve your self-confidence and help you maintain healthier teeth.

Six Month Smiles®

This orthodontic treatment uses clear brackets and wires to shift teeth quickly into their proper positions, providing a shorter treatment timeline and more discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. Each bracket is bonded to the front surface of teeth and connected with tooth-colored wires that will be tightened monthly by the doctor to help the teeth shift. Six Month Smiles® is recommended for patients facing minor to moderate cases of dental misalignment. 

While traditional orthodontics used to be the only option available, nowadays, patients have multiple options to choose from, providing adults looking to improve their smiles with a quick and subtle option for straightening their teeth.

Invisalign®

If you are looking for an even more discreet treatment than Six Month Smiles®, Invisalign® uses clear plastic trays customized to fit comfortably over the top and bottom teeth to gradually shift teeth into proper position. At the beginning of your treatment, you will receive a series of trays. The number received will depend on the severity of your misalignment. Each aligner is made from smooth, BPA-free plastic and should be worn up to 22 hours a day. Every two weeks, you will change out the aligners to the next one in the series.

Because the trays are virtually invisible, many adult patients prefer this orthodontic treatment to traditional braces and Six Month Smiles®. Trays can also be removed for eating, so there are no food restrictions, making it popular for teenage and adult patients. Patients can generally achieve a straighter smile in 12 to 15 months, offering a shorter treatment timeline than traditional braces.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are often referred to as instant orthodontics, and compared to other treatments for compromised teeth, provide the fastest results in just two office visits. However, your natural teeth will be altered and treatment is considered irreversible.

Made from durable and realistic looking porcelain, these customized shells are designed to fit seamlessly over the front surface of teeth to conceal a number of imperfections, including overlapping teeth, chipped teeth, unevenly spaced teeth, and dental staining.

Contact Us

Our doctors at Smiles for Life Dental Care are passionate about creating a smile that you can be pleased with for many years. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry and the treatments we provide, contact our office today online or call (540) 208-5911. You will receive excellent care in a warm and friendly environment.

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