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More than ever, adults are looking for ways to straighten their teeth – and it’s not just for cosmetic reasons. Crooked teeth can result in pain and health problems. If you have finally decided to do something about crooked teeth, you are in luck! Nowadays there are other ways to straighten teeth besides uncomfortable metal braces, such as Invisalign and porcelain veneers.

Why bother fixing crooked teeth?

Crooked teeth can make it difficult to clean teeth thoroughly, which can lead to cavities and tooth decay. Crooked, misaligned teeth can also lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a painful condition that can mean constant headaches and jaw, neck, and even shoulder pain.

Porcelain veneers

Veneers can fix discolored and chipped teeth, but they can also help with teeth that are crooked. A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that fits over your tooth. It is custom made for you, to match the color of your other teeth. Although the changes you’ll see with veneers can be quite dramatic, the process of getting them doesn’t take long at all. It will take two appointments to get your veneers, after which there is no recovery time and no going back to the dentist every few months, as would be required if you had braces. Maintaining veneers is as simple as taking care of them as you do your teeth.


Chances are you know someone who has used the Invisalign system to straighten their teeth. The patient is given comfortable plastic trays to wear, which gradually move teeth into their correct place. You’ll get a new tray about every 2 weeks. They are invisible, are much more comfortable and easy to take care of than metal braces, and can be removed when you want to eat or drink and to give your teeth a good brushing and flossing.

With porcelain veneers or Invisalign, you can have the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted without the hassle of traditional metal braces. Contact Arlington Dental Aesthetics or South Riding Smiles today for a consultation! Call the Arlington office at (703) 214-3183 or the South Riding office at (703) 214-3185.

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