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Straight Teeth Options

Dr. Sam Muslin was Awarded LA's Best Cosmetic Dentist for 2017

Santa Monica • Beverly Hills • Los Angeles

Most patients explore straight teeth options because crooked teeth or misaligned teeth are not ideal as they tend to attract stains and collect food more easily - and they are not cosmetically appealing. Straight teeth are designed to efficiently deflect food and do not stain because there are no hidden areas. Straight teeth have less tooth decay and generally do not contribute to bad breath as easily as crooked or misaligned teeth.

No Prep Porcelain Veneers

 Before and After photo showing teeth straigtened with non invasive porcelain veneers

Gaps between her teeth were best treated with no-prep porcelain veneers.  No grinding of her teeth was necessary and the treatment was completed in less than 2 weeks in just two visits.

Straight Teeth without Braces

Crooked teeth can be made to look like straight teeth without using braces. Dr. Sam Muslin's, “Instant Braces” is the porcelain veneers braces alternative treatment that takes only two weeks. The straight looking teeth can also get an improvement in the shape and color. Braces cannot improve the shape of the teeth.

Before and after detailed photo showing straight teeth results without braces.

Porcelain can perfectly match the natural teeth in all lighting if artistically applied. The results are durable, color stable and virtually undetectable.

Orthodontic Braces

Most patients want straight teeth and orthodontics or braces are the most common methods because they work better than removable braces. With braces the teeth can be tipped and torqued to get better root alignment where as removable type of clear retainers generally just tip the teeth. Braces work 24 hours per day, 7 days per week which is much more effective than relying on a patient to put in the clear removable type of retainers in and out of their mouth. Braces can also treat more complicated bite problems that the clear removable retainers can't.

Straight teeth and deep overbite correction accomplished with Dr. Sam Muslin’s exclusive Face Lift Dentistry® treatment.

No chin implant was necessary and no chin augmentation was needed. His chin was easily moved without jaw surgery with the Dental Face Lift®. Orthopedics (custom braces made for the inside of his teeth for the first year) and Orthodontics (braces placed on the outside of the teeth for the second year) gave him a new, more masculine, profile. In the Before photo on the left you will see his chin looks small and his lips rolled forward. Without timely treatment, he will always have a "weak" looking profile. In the After photo on the right the chin position was moved during the course of his care into a more natural position that has been stable for the last 15 years and still counting!

Braces Behind Teeth

Braces placed behind the teeth, also called hidden braces or lingual braces sound like a good idea but the treatment takes longer. The main reason to have hidden braces or braces behind the teeth is for cosmetic purposes. The problem with lingual braces is that the brackets and wire are on the tongue side and collect a lot of food and can cause problems speaking clearly.

Braces placed behind the teeth add as much as 30% more treatment time because it is not as efficient. Most patients want braces behind the teeth because of cosmetics but having brackets against the tongue and can become an irritation to the tongue is not appealing either.

Braces have the advantage over clear removable retainer type of braces because they work 24 hours per day 7 days a week. The clear removable type of treatment depends on the patient wearing them and sometimes the patients just quit or take a break for a day or two.

Hidden braces placed behind the teeth work well but not as well as braces placed on the outside of the teeth. Of course, if you want straight white teeth in just a week or two, try Dr. Sam Muslin's Instant braces technique. It is fast, improves the shape, shade, color and sizes of the teeth which is something that braces behind the teeth or lingual braces or braces outside the teeth cannot achieve making it the best between all the straight teeth options.

 The photo shows face lengthening with Face Lift Dentistry<sup>®</sup> which is not possible with braces.

Braces can straighten the teeth but cannot lengthen the face and easily reposition the jaw without surgery. Dr. Muslin’s unique Dental Face Lift® treatment can transform the face without surgery.

Teeth Implants

Teeth implants are used in a variety of ways. Teeth implants also known as dental implants can be used as a snap-on attachment for a upper or lower denture. The dentures will snap-on to the dental implant for better stability and support. Teeth implants are used to replace missing teeth. The tooth implant is placed in the jawbone and then a porcelain crown is cemented or screwed directly to the dental implant.

A diagram showing the placement of a single dental implant.

A Dental implant is being surgically located to replace the root of a missing tooth. A porcelain crown will be screw retained or cemented to the implant.

Missing Teeth

Teeth implants can also replace missing teeth by using a dental bridge method. Two dental implants are placed in the jawbone with a one-tooth space between them. A dental bridge or a porcelain bridge can be screwed or cemented into place over both implants.

The dental bridge will look like three separate teeth even though all three teeth are made together in one piece. The dental bridge will stay attached to the teeth implants and the patient will be able to chew just as if no teeth were missing. Dental bridges are not removable by the patient so they feel completely natural and can replace three missing teeth with only two dental implants.

Contact Dr. Muslin today to explore straight teeth options.

 Missing Teeth Replaced - Before and After

Missing teeth were replaced with porcelain bridges rather than dental implants because there was not enough space between the teeth to fit a tooth implant. All of the missing teeth were replaced and her upper lip was supported with Dr. Muslin’s unique Face Lift Dentistry treatment.

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