Getting Your Teeth Straightened Using Dental Crowns
Are you unhappy with your smile? Do you feel that your teeth are crowded or crooked in your mouth? Are you constantly embarrassed to smile fully? You might not need to opt for dental braces to correct your smile. There’s a less time-consuming alternative to braces that can give your teeth the appearance of perfect alignment. Unless your problem is very severe, dental crowns should be able to fix your smile by straightening your crooked teeth.
Why Crowns Are Ideal For Straightening
Crowns are ideal if your teeth are cracked, badly chipped or damaged in other ways. They are also ideal if you have a large broken filling that’s undergone wear due to tooth grinding. Crowns, also known as ‘caps’ protect your teeth from further damage while giving your face the ideal aesthetic appearance. If you’ve been suffering the indignity of a bad smile, perhaps it’s time to get in touch with your dentist to find out if crowns can help you achieve a more pleasing smile.
How Dental Crowns Work
Crowns encompass the broken or chipped tooth that you want to cover. Sometimes, the original tooth is filled to facilitate the crown. By using a crown, your dentist can change the shape and position of your existing tooth. Crowns today are made either of a base of zirconia with an overlay of porcelain, or completely out of porcelain. The crowns that are made today look exactly like your real teeth – there’s no embarrassing black line around the tooth to indicate the presence of metal.
Dentists first prepare a temporary crown which you’ll need to wear for a week while your permanent crown is getting ready. Some dentists make dental crowns in their offices; in such cases, there’ll be no need for multiple appointments. Dentists who are able to scan your teeth using digital impression machines can email your impressions to the dental lab where your crowns are prepared. This makes the process faster, which means you wear your temporary crowns for less long. Crowns can last you anywhere from 10 to 15 years and longer.
Porcelain Crowns Instead Of Braces
Any crooked or uneven smile can be made even with the help of porcelain crowns, without the help of braces to straighten them. This is purely a cosmetic procedure, as underneath the teeth will still be crooked. Dental crowns are used in some cases to present a straight smile for those cases that simply don’t call for braces.
For example, if all the teeth are relatively straight while just one is crooked, it’s an easy matter to opt for a crown over braces. In some cases, several teeth can be overlapping each other. While such cases may be ideal for the use of braces, porcelain crowns can just as easily correct the issue and create a nice smile. Let us look at how you can get your crooked teeth straightened using dental crowns.
How Do Porcelain Dental Crowns Work To Straighten One’s Smile?
Porcelain crowns are actually thin ceramic shells that are used to bond to the tooth’s front surface directly. They are very resistant to stains and chipping and are also virtually undetectable. From the standpoint of strength, they are like any other healthy tooth. The crown has the look of a regular white tooth enamel, and can be brushed and flossed. Due to all these reasons, porcelain veneers and crowns are a popular choice for giving teeth a straighter appearance.
Porcelain veneers can be applied to crooked teeth in one or two pain-free sessions, lasting anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. Instead of wearing braces for months or years, patients who opt for dental crowns as a straightening method can walk out with a brilliant smile within an hour or two of application. Each dental crown is perfectly handcrafted to fit over the crooked tooth in question, painlessly and quickly. Dental sedation is a definitely possibility for patients with acute sensitivity to pain.
Limitations of Dental Crowns
Your dentist can achieve a dramatic change by using crowns to straighten crooked and crowded teeth. Even if you have teeth that are damaged, erupting or receding, crowns will still work. However, note that the teeth your dentist plans to crown must be aligned with their surrounding teeth. Otherwise it’s not possible for the crowns to obtain the appearance of straightening.
You can vastly improve the color and shape of your teeth by opting for crowns. Porcelain crowns offer a natural appearance and greater resistance to stains than any other material. If you have a badly broken tooth, a crown is the best way to provide it the best protection so it doesn’t break down further. Compared to all other implants and types of filling, crowns last much longer.
Call us at (734) 522-5520 to schedule your free initial consultation with Dr.Michael Chaben. Dr.Chaben is one of the most experienced Dentist in Livonia, MI and is proud member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Detroit District Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry.