I have one crooked front tooth. It goes behind my other front tooth pretty far. My dentist suggested we pull that tooth and then look at braces. I don’t think that will look normal. Do I have other options? I was hoping for Invisalign but he doesn’t offer that because he said it only works on ideal cases. Mine is obviously not ideal.
Please, please, please don’t listen to this dentist. Your instincts are better than his. Can you imagine how weird your smile would look with an A-symmetrical smile? I’m sometimes floored by the suggestions patients get. While in the beginning, Invisalign could only handle the most ideal cases, things have advanced quite a bit since then. Now, they can handle all but the most complicated of smiles.
I don’t foresee a problem with you using Invisalign. My recommendation is you go to a dentist who offers both Invisalign and traditional braces in their office. They will give you an unbiased recommendation as to which method is best. If you end up with traditional braces, make sure you are extra careful when you are brushing. Especially in teen patients, we see a lot of white spots after we remove their braces. This is decalcification from where they didn’t brush adequately during their treatment.
If you end up with Invisalign, a special treat you can give yourself is to ask your dentist for some professional teeth whitening gel. The aligners you’d use are custom fit and can double as teeth whitening trays. This will allow you to get a mini smile makeover because by the time your treatment is done, not only will you have straight teeth but a bright white smile as well.
Another option you have is porcelain veneers. These are a total smile makeover and can change everything about your teeth, including the shape, size, and color. They are more expensive, but if there are other things in addition to the one crooked tooth you would like to change, they are at least worth looking into.
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