Cosmetic Dentistry Options For Crooked Teeth

cavity repair arlington heights ILAre you self-conscious about smiling or laughing or eating in public? Do you have crooked teeth but are concerned about what cosmetic dentistry treatment you would need to have to fix them? Maybe you think traditional metal braces are the only method available to straighten your crooked teeth. You don’t need to go on worrying any longer about your crooked or improperly spaced teeth. Dr. Brent Engelberg of AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL of the greater Chicago area, would like to present to you your tooth-straightening options.

Though traditional braces can effectively straighten your teeth no matter what age you are, they are not discreet and most adults don’t want to wear them for what may be a second time in their lives. Cosmetic dentists and patients usually prefer other options such as porcelain dental veneers, invisible braces or dental bonding to straighten the appearance of teeth and eliminate large gaps in between.


Dental veneers are thin, fresh-looking lifelike facades mounted on top of crooked teeth, straightening your smile quickly and with relatively little discomfort as there is with traditional metal braces. Some dentists even consider porcelain veneers to be a suitable alternative to invisible clear braces (detailed below) depending on the severity of your condition.  With a comprehensive examination, your dentist will be able to determine if porcelain veneers or invisible braces are the best solution for you.  As they are constructed of porcelain, veneers are resistant to stains and can last the patient a long time — sometimes more than twenty years with conscientious care.

Invisible Braces

Most people have heard about invisible braces and for good reason.  This solution for crooked and crowded teeth is fast replacing traditional metal braces as the most commonly prescribed method for straightening teeth. Clear braces, custom-fitted to your mouth, will straighten your teeth regardless of whether you are a teen or a full-grown adult. The translucent aligners are meant to be worn at least 22 hours a day but can be removed for eating and oral hygiene and are easy to clean.

Invisible braces are usually able to produce the desired results in six months to two years of use as prescribed.  During this time you will change out the set as your teeth shift their positions to continue the treatment. The exact length of time you will need for the treatment will depend on several factors including the severity of your crooked teeth to whether or not there is a need for a bite adjustment.  Your cosmetic dentist will be able to give you the specifics for your case. The most appealing part of invisible braces for most patients is that nobody will be able to tell you’re wearing them.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a painless treatment that can be used to correct uneven or crooked teeth.  Your dentist applies a composite resin to the front surface of the problem tooth or teeth to change their shape and appearance.  Bonding, also referred to as cosmetic bonding, is the ideal for closing those annoying gaps between teeth, reshaping teeth and even lightening dark or yellowed teeth.

Surprisingly enough, cosmetic bonding is a minimally invasive procedure.  There is no need for needles or anesthesia and it can be applied in a single office visit.  Cosmetic bonding produces natural-looking results, letting you feel free to once again smile as much and as wide as you’ve always wanted.

Cosmetic Dentistry for Crooked Teeth in Arlington Heights, IL

You don’t need to be unhappy with your smile when a cosmetic dentist can help it look its best. A cosmetic dentist can use the above treatments to correct alignment issues, crooked teeth and more. If you’re in the greater Chicago area and want to enhance your smile with any of these helpful cosmetic treatments, then give AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL call at (847) 230-9703 or contact us online. We’re ready to help you smile your best smile!