I am new to this country and it seems like everyone has beautiful movie star teeth. My teeth are stained and a bit crooked. It is making me feel embarrassed. Is it too late for me to get American teeth?
Welome to the U.S.! To get to the heart of your question, it is never too late to get a beautiful smile. You have a couple of options, depending on your goals and budget.
The first is porcelain veneers. You would need to see an expert cosmetic dentist for these to end up with a pleasing result. These are tiny wafers of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They don’t actually straighten your teeth but can make them look straight by giving you a complete smile makeover. They can change the shape, size, and color of your teeth simultaenoulsy.
The big drawback to this method is that it is very expensive. You would also need to have some teeth whitening done beforehand because it is cost prohibitive for all but the wealthiest of people to have a veneer placed on every tooth. Most people will do eight to ten veneers on their upper arch and allow the teeth whitneing to blend the rest of the teeth to the veneers
A More Affordable Smile Makeover
Your second option is Invisalign. These are clear aligners that actually straighten your teeth. Because of how the aligners are designed, no one will even know you are wearing orthodontics. While on your teeth, they are invisible, even at a conversational distance. A hidden benefit to this method is that the aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. This will allow you to straighten and whiten your teeth simultaneously, saving you the cost of having whitening trays made for you. This option is much less expensive than porcelain veneers.
I hope this helps.
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