Although most people would love to look in the mirror and see a perfectly straight set of white teeth, few people enjoy a smile that is free of flaws. Unfortunately, even minor blemishes can detract from the beauty of the smile.
Cosmetic dentistry treatments address aesthetic flaws so that patients can enjoy the ideal smile they have always envisioned. Cosmetic dentistry treatments are able to address a wide range of imperfections, including minor alignment problems, such as overlapping teeth. There are several treatments for overlapping teeth that can give our Rancho Cucamonga, CA patients the smile they desire.
Here, Dr. Sharon B. Mateja discusses these treatment options to help patients determine which is most appropriate for their unique situation.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for patients with overlapping teeth. Porcelain veneers are natural-looking fabrications that bond to the facial surface of a patient’s teeth. These ceramic shells are made of high-quality materials that closely mimic the strength and appearance of the natural teeth.
One of the greatest benefits of porcelain veneers is that they improve the appearance of the smile almost instantly. Treatment is typically completed in just two dental appointments. At an initial appointment, the teeth are prepped for treatment, molds are taken of the teeth, and the porcelain veneers are designed based on each patient’s aesthetic needs and desires.
At the second and final appointment, porcelain veneers are bonded to the teeth to completely makeover the appearance of the smile. In addition to concealing overlapping teeth and other minor misalignment problems, porcelain veneers also hide stains, discoloration, chips, cracks, and fractures.
Dental crowns are often categorized as a restorative dentistry treatment. However, crowns can also significantly enhance the appearance of the smile. This is particularly true of all-porcelain crowns.
All-porcelain crowns are attractive restorations that closely resemble the natural teeth. If a patient has just a single overlapping tooth, it may be appropriate to reshape it and fit it with a crown. This creates the space needed between the teeth and enhances the overall appearance of the smile.
An all-porcelain crown is particularly appropriate if the overlapping teeth have suffered from any type of dental decay. Since overlapping teeth are more difficult to clean properly, it is not unusual for the strength or structure of these teeth to suffer. If decay is an issue, an all-porcelain crown can improve the health and appearance of overlapping teeth.
In many cases, overlapping teeth are primarily a cosmetic issue that can be corrected with one of the above treatments. However, there are cases when more serious malocclusion problems are the reason for overlapping teeth.
If more severe misalignment issues are present, they can compromise oral health and functions. Orthodontic treatment is the best way to correct these problems. Dr. Mateja will recommend orthodontic treatment when she feels it is appropriate.
Dr. Sharon B. Mateja offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments that can help you achieve the ideal smile you’ve always wanted. If you have overlapping teeth and would like to learn more about the dental treatments that could address this problem, contact us at your earliest convenience.