Treat Overlapping Teeth for a More Beautiful Smile
Many people do not have room in their jaw to comfortably accommodate a full set of teeth. This leads to overcrowding, which often results in overlapping teeth. Overlapping teeth detract from the overall appearance of the smile and can give the impression that the teeth are unhealthy. Overlapping teeth are also a common source of self-consciousness and leave many people wishing they could hide their smile altogether.
While traditional braces can correct overlapping teeth, few adults want to wear metal wires and brackets for a year or more. Cosmetic dentistry treatments address aesthetic flaws, such as overlapping teeth, to provide patients with effective and convenient solutions for uneven teeth.
Dr. Danny O’Keefe offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry treatments at his dental practice, several of which are appropriate for overlapping teeth. Those looking for treatment for overlapping teeth in the Jackson, MS area should seek the expert care of Dr. O’Keefe.
Dr. O’Keefe strives to provide patients with multiple solutions for their dental concerns. When it comes to overlapping teeth, there are three cosmetic dentistry treatments that may be appropriate: porcelain veneers, Invisalign®, and dental crowns.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments. The veneers are bonded to the facial surface of the teeth, so they effectively conceal a full range of cosmetic flaws, including minor to moderate spacing and alignment issues.
Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of overlapping teeth in as little as two dental appointments, which is a huge draw for many of our patients. Initial treatment involves removing a small layer of tooth enamel to make room for the veneers, taking impressions of the teeth, and planning out a set of veneers that will enhance the smile while maintaining its natural appearance. When the customized veneers are finished, the fit will be tested before bonding them to the teeth. Porcelain veneers simultaneously strengthen the teeth and provide patients with a complete smile makeover.
Invisalign® is a cosmetic treatment that corrects orthodontic issues. Essentially, Invisalign® provides the results of braces, but without all of the typical drawbacks. Treatment is lengthy and takes about the same amount of time as traditional braces. However, Invisalign® shifts the teeth using a clear set of aligner trays, so the smile is not compromised by metal brackets or wires.
Aside from these benefits, Invisalign® offers the convenience of removable trays. Any time patients eat or brush their teeth, they can remove the trays to prevent any difficulties. For patients with advanced malocclusion problems, Invisalign® offers an excellent alternative to braces.
A dental crown is a small porcelain cap that fits over a tooth to improve its appearance. While it may not be convenient to correct a series of overlapping teeth with dental crowns, a crown can be used to improve the appearance of a single overlapping tooth. Similarly, a dental crown may be used in conjunction with porcelain veneers to further improve the appearance of the smile.
While each of these treatments has their benefits, it is important to determine which is best suited to the unique needs and desires of our patients. Dr. O’Keefe will help patients consider factors such as cost, length of treatment, and the severity of overlapping to find a treatment option that is right for them.
Overlapping teeth no longer need to interfere with the beauty of your smile. If you’d like to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry services offered by Dr. Danny O’Keefe, and how they can enhance the beauty of your smile, contact us at your earliest convenience.