Do you feel self-conscious about your smile because of crooked teeth?
Crooked teeth can often have a negative effect on your confidence in your smile. Did you know that they can also be the cause of other dental problems? Teeth that are crooked or misaligned can be difficult to brush and floss effectively. This can prevent your teeth from making proper contact and lead to a range of dental concerns, including:
- Bite misalignment
- Teeth decay
- Gum disease
- Uncomfortable bite
- Chipped teeth
- Gum infections
- Tooth cavities
- Abscessed teeth
Can a Crooked Tooth be Fixed?
Dr. O’Malley works with patients to address crooked teeth. We will provide the best treatment option that is suited to your dental health and cosmetic goals. We will never recommend unnecessary treatments to our patients. The goal of treatment is to not only improve the aesthetics of your smile, but your overall oral health as well. We are a partner in your oral health with a focus on long-term results. Treatment options can include:
- Dental crowns: This is a strictly cosmetic procedure. We use dental crowns to fix a single crooked tooth at a time. While a dental crown, or cap, covers the tooth, it’s still a crooked tooth underneath.
- Porcelain veneers: Another cosmetic procedure, porcelain veneers have been used to cover a single crooked tooth for years. A thin porcelain layer is added to the front of your crooked tooth, and shaped to fit surrounding teeth. This gives your smile the appearance of straight teeth.
- Invisalign invisible braces: This procedure is best used to completely straighten a row of crooked teeth. This depends on the severity of your malocclusion. Dr. O’Malley is a local Invisalign provider and can also use this orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile if there are mild to moderate orthodontic concerns such as malocclusion. Invisalign can treat underbite, overbite and crooked teeth with convenient, discreet clear aligners. Most patients can complete treatment in about a year and maintain results with the daily use of a retainer.
The Dangers of an Uneven Smile
How do crooked or crowded teeth impact your smile? When our teeth are uneven, there are places where food particles can remain trapped, where toothbrush bristles and floss can’t reach. As bacteria break down these particles, oral acidity elevates and the teeth become coated in plaque, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis.
Alignment problems can also place strain on the jaw joints. Excessive jaw joints strain can mean the onset of TMJ disorder, which causes headaches, a popping sensation in the jaw, and makes fully opening and closing your mouth difficult. The strain can also lead to bruxism, in which patients frequently grind their teeth, which damages them over time.
If there are no concerns about the fit and function of your bite, Dr. O’Malley may recommend the use of dental crowns or dental veneers to provide a straighter appearance, especially if only one or two teeth are rotated. Schedule a visit to discuss your concerns today.