3 Treatments to Fix Crooked Teeth

Do you have crooked teeth but aren’t sure what to do about it?  Maybe you’re embarrassed to smile or laugh or eat in public? Maybe you think traditional metal braces are the only way to correct your crooked teeth. You don’t need to go on worrying about your crooked or improperly spaced teeth. Meet with your area dentist today to discuss what cosmetic dentistry can do to help you fix those crooked teeth. It might be simpler than you think.

Though traditional braces can certainly straighten your teeth no matter what age you are, most adults don’t want to wear them for what might be their second time. Cosmetic dentists and patients usually prefer other, more discreet options such as porcelain dental veneers, invisible braces or dental bonding. Dr. Daryle J. Mahnke, a respected dentist in Bay City, MI would like to present your tooth-straightening options.


Dental veneers are attached over top of crooked teeth, straightening your smile quickly and with relatively little discomfort as there is with braces. Some dentists even consider porcelain veneers to be a suitable alternative to invisible clear braces (detailed below) if your crookedness is considered mild.  Your dentist will be able to determine if porcelain veneers or invisible braces are the best option for your smile.  As they are constructed of porcelain, veneers are resistant to stains and can last a long time — sometimes as long as twenty years.

Invisible Braces

Most people have heard about invisible braces and for good reason.  This increasingly popular solution for crooked and crowded teeth is quickly replacing traditional braces as the most commonly selected method of straightening teeth. These clear plastic braces are custom-fitted to your teeth and can help you regardless of whether you are a teen or even 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 easily cleaned.

Invisible braces are usually able to produce the desired results in six months to two years of consistent treatment.  The exact length of time you will need for improvement 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 more information based on the specifics of your case. The best part of invisible braces is that nobody will be able to tell you’re wearing them.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a painless means of correcting uneven or crooked teeth.  Your dentist applies a composite resin to the front surface of the problem tooth or teeth to smooth over imperfections.  Bonding, also referred to as cosmetic bonding, can be used for closing those annoying gaps between teeth, reshaping teeth and even lightening dark or yellowed teeth.

Although it may be surprising, cosmetic bonding is a minimally invasive procedure.  There is no need for needles or anesthesia and cosmetic bonding can be completed in a single office visit.  This treatment produces natural-looking results, letting you feel free to once again smile as much and as wide as you want to smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Bay City, MI

You don’t need to be unhappy with your smile when a cosmetic dentist can help you bring out the best it has to offer. A cosmetic dentist can correct alignment issues, crooked teeth and more. If you want to enhance your smile then call Dr. Mahnke’s office in Bay City at 989-272-2478 or contact us online and be on your way to a healthier and brighter smile today!