3 Different Treatment Options For Crooked Teeth

treat crooked teeth columbia south carolinaDo you have crooked teeth but don’t know what to do about it? These cosmetic dentistry treatment options for crooked teeth can enhance your natural smile and restore your confidence without needing metal braces. You might be surprised to learn that straightening crooked or misaligned teeth is simpler than you think.

Though traditional braces can certainly straighten your teeth no matter what age you are, most adults don’t want to go through that process for what may be a second time. Cosmetic dentists and patients usually prefer other options such as porcelain dental veneers, invisible braces or dental bonding. Dr. Tom Trinkner, a cosmetic dentist in Columbia, SC, would like to present your tooth-straightening options.


Dental veneers are mounted on 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) depending on the severity of your condition.  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 a long time — sometimes more than twenty years.

Invisible Braces

Most people have heard about invisible braces and for good reason.  This solution for crooked and crowded teeth is quickly replacing traditional braces as the primary means of 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 easily cleaned.


Invisible braces are usually able to produce the desired results in six months to two years.  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 the specifics for 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.  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.

Although it may be surprising, cosmetic bonding is a minimally invasive procedure.  There is no need for needles or anesthesia. Cosmetic bonding 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 want to smile.

Straighten Crooked Teeth in Columbia, SC

A cosmetic dentist can correct alignment issues, crooked teeth and more. If you want to enhance your smile, then give Dr. Trinkner a call at 803-400-8729 or schedule your appointment online.