The Effects of Crooked Teeth
Aside from changing the look of your smile, crooked teeth can cause health problems as well. Correcting them is important for the good of your smile and the health of your entire body.
Problems Caused By Crooked Teeth
Complications for Oral Hygiene
Crooked teeth allow more space for bacteria to grow as the gums don't fit securely around the teeth. They are also harder to properly clean, as a toothbrush or floss cannot always reach every nook in a crooked mouth. Those with crooked teeth are more likely to develop cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
Crooked teeth cause unnecessary tooth wear. If any teeth protrude, they will rub against other teeth and cause stress and wear for themselves and the teeth opposite. This can even lead to fractures, as these teeth endure more than their share of pressure from biting.
Increase Risk of Injury
Straight, well-formed teeth are best at withstanding impacts and injuries. Misaligned teeth are more likely to be damaged in an accident. This can even lead to tooth loss, which in turn causes jaw deterioration and limitations in diet and nutrition.
Options for Correcting Crooked Teeth
Cosmetic bonding is a quick treatment that can help fix mildly crooked, discolored, decayed, or chipped teeth. In dental bonding, a tooth-colored resin is applied to the tooth and sculpted into a new shape. A UV light then hardens the material. Patients do not normally need anesthesia or other preparation before the procedure. It is known as the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedure, and can be completed in one visit to our office. However, it is important to note that dental bonding can only fix teeth that are slightly out of alignment, and is not the best option for severely crooked teeth.
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain or resin shells that are placed over the teeth to make them more aesthetically pleasing. They are normally used to improve the color of the tooth, but are a quick way to change a tooth's size or shape as well. Veneers are custom made in a lab to fit the mold we will take of your teeth. It may take a few days for you to get used to the new shape or size of your teeth, but after a while you will feel quite comfortable in them.
Invisalign and other clear aligners are a great alternative to adult braces for severely crooked teeth. We create a series of plastic aligner tray that are custom made for your mouth to gradually correct your smile. Every two weeks or so, you will switch to the next aligner in the series. They are comfortable, quick, and quite easy to use, and do not affect your oral hygiene the way braces do. During your treatment, you will need to come in for regular visits with Dr. White to ensure that your teeth are coming into alignment as expected.
Don't hesitate to contact Dr. White's office today to schedule a consultaion to correct your crooked teeth.