If you’ve hidden your smile because of crooked teeth, it’s time for a change. While there are many reasons for this condition, there are also many ways to resolve it and not only improve your appearance but your complete oral health as well. Dr. Mazhari offers convenient, discreet orthodontic care for teen and adult patients. She’ll evaluate your dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals before recommending the most suitable treatment option.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
Most patients don’t realize that the crooked teeth hide or cause other dental concerns affecting their overall health.
Crooked teeth create tight spaces and overlaps, making it challenging to effectively clean between the teeth and along the gumline. Inadequate cleaning can lead to an increased risk of cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues.
Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
Misaligned teeth form pockets or spaces between the teeth and gums where food particles and bacteria can accumulate. These areas are difficult to clean, increasing the risk of gum disease, which can lead to gum inflammation, bleeding, and potential tooth loss.
Crooked teeth make it hard to reach all areas with a toothbrush or floss, allowing plaque and bacteria to build up, leading to tooth decay (cavities).
Misaligned teeth may experience excessive wear due to improper alignment during biting and chewing. Over time, this can lead to tooth damage and sensitivity.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Problems
Crooked teeth can cause imbalances in the jaw, leading to stress on the temporomandibular joint. This can result in TMJ disorders, causing jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds, and difficulty in jaw movement.
Severely crooked teeth may impact speech patterns and pronunciation, leading to difficulties in communication.
Crooked teeth can affect a person's confidence and self-esteem, particularly in social and professional settings.
Misaligned teeth often make chewing food more difficult, potentially leading to digestive problems and nutritional issues.
Increased Risk of Dental Injuries
Protruding or misaligned teeth are more susceptible to accidental fractures or injuries during activities like sports.
Crooked teeth may lead to improper jaw development and bite problems, which can further exacerbate dental issues.
Crooked Teeth Treatment Options
Dr. Mazhari offers restorative and cosmetic dental treatments that address mild concerns and provide a straighter smile. Treatment options may include:
- Cosmetic tooth bonding. This is a simple procedure, typically completed in a single visit.
- Porcelain veneers. Veneers are a great way to straighten teeth without the use of braces. Dr. Mazhari offers several types of veneers, from minimal prep to high-quality porcelain. Porcelain veneers cover the front and sides of teeth and can be used to remedy many other cosmetic concerns including gaps between teeth or discolored teeth.
- Dental crowns. This is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth that’s misshapen or
- crooked. In contrast to a porcelain veneer, a dental crown covers the entire tooth rather than just the front or sides. We also place high-quality dental crowns in a single visit using CEREC technology.
- Orthodontic solutions. Traditional braces, Invisalign, and Six Month Smile are just a few methods that correct misalignment and bite issues.
Regular dental check-ups and early evaluation by an orthodontist can help identify and address crooked teeth before they cause more severe issues.