Dental Procedures to Revamp your Smile
Unhappy with your smile? Dentists offer a variety of cosmetic procedures that can improve the appearance of your teeth. With our Annapolis, MD, family dentists, Dr. Louis Ruland, Dr. John Ruland and Dr. Michael Ruland, here are a few treatments you'll want to consider.
Metal braces aren't the only choice if you would like to straighten your teeth or improve your bite. Invisalign, the newest orthodontic treatment, eliminates wires and brackets, the key components of traditional braces. It replaces them with clear, removable aligner trays that gradually change the position of your teeth.
You'll wear a series of trays over a course of a year or two, depending on your age. Many people choose Invisalign because the trays are almost invisible, but the system offers other important advantages. Invisalign trays are taken out when you eat, which means you won't be given a list of food restrictions when you leave our Annapolis office. You'll also remove the aligners to brush and floss and can even take them out occasionally if you have special plans.
Crowns help you avoid broken teeth and can improve your appearance. A hollow crown fits over an existing tooth after the size has been decreased slightly. These versatile restorations are made of a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, resin, and porcelain-fused-to-metal.
Crowns are used to:
- Hide Imperfections and Damage: Crowns cover discolorations and uneven surfaces, and repair teeth that have chipped or broken.
- Prevent Damage: Brittle, fragile or cracked teeth may break without the addition of a crown. Crowns are often recommended if you've recently had a root canal or large filling.
- Change Shape and Length: Crowns are an excellent choice to lengthen short teeth or improve the shape of a crooked, pointed or unusually shaped tooth.
Have you decided it's time to do something about a missing tooth? Bridges, which consist of a series of connected crowns, offer an ideal solution. Bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth suspended between two crowns. In addition to improving your appearance and your chewing ability, bridges also ensure that other teeth don't change position due to the loss of a supporting tooth.
Revitalize your smile with crowns, bridges or Invisalign. Call our Annapolis, MD, family dentists at (410) 268-5800 to schedule an appointment.