Give Yourself the Gift of Straight Teeth this Holiday Season

The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s time to start checking items off of your to-gift list. This year, why not give yourself a gift? No one ever said the season of giving couldn’t include oneself. 

Make this year the year to finally stop putting off that one big thing you’ve always wanted: straight teeth. Investing in your smile will improve your health and happiness in many ways, from making it easier to brush and floss to making it more fun to laugh and smile. 

Dr. Thomas Hernandez of Heritage Dental in the Greater Houston Area specializes in straightening teeth. Allow him to help you this holiday season so you can enter the New Year confident about your smile. 

How to get straighter teeth

Depending on your specific situation, Dr. Hernandez may recommend one of four options to straighten and improve your teeth to achieve a dazzling smile. The first two options are the most common ways to get straighter teeth. 

Traditional braces

The first thing that comes to mind for most people wanting straight teeth is traditional braces. While many people now choose invisible braces over traditional braces, metal braces still have their place for certain scenarios. If you have very misaligned teeth or a bite issue (such as an overbite or crossbite), you may need metal braces to achieve the smile you want. 

Invisible braces

Invisible braces correct most common smile problems, including crooked teeth. While you can choose from many at-home, do-it-yourself aligner services, you can only get the best of the best from a licensed dentist or orthodontist. Dr. Hernandez offers Invisalign, the number-one invisible aligner offered exclusively through licensed practitioners. If you have crooked teeth, crowded teeth, a minor underbite or overbite, or a gap between your teeth, Invisalign might be the best option for you. 

Crowns and bridges

If your teeth have shifted around due to a missing tooth or a few missing teeth, crowns and bridges might be the right choice for you to avoid future shifting. Crowns and bridges work together to replace missing teeth, while crowns alone can fix misshapen or broken teeth. 

Dental implants

Finally, dental implants can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Dental implants can prevent future shifting of teeth by replacing your tooth’s root and the tooth itself. Because this is an invasive procedure that requires several appointments, Dr. Hernandez may recommend crowns or bridges if your scenario allows for it. If it does turn out that dental implants are the best option for achieving straight teeth, Dr. Hernandez will guide you through every step of the process. 

Want to learn more about your options for achieving straight teeth? Visit Dr. Hernandez at Heritage Dental. Schedule a consultation by calling our Houston-area office at 281-206-0926 or by booking through our online scheduling tool.

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