Are your teeth crooked, or misaligned? Twisted or crooked teeth often cause people to be embarrassed about their smile, affecting their social confidence. In some circumstances, the jaws are simply too small or underdeveloped and are unable to host all the teeth, resulting in poor alignment. In other cases, gum diseases such as periodontitis cause teeth to drift in unwanted directions, causing them to appear long, gappy or twisted. Sometimes extra teeth such as Supernumerary teeth and retained baby teeth also result in dental crowding.
While largely seen as a cosmetic problem, crooked teeth, can have a significantly negative impact on the overall state of your oral health. It can potentially create a number of dental problems:
For young, growing children, short-term wear of a removable orthodontic plate can be used to develop and expand the jaws and correct crooked teeth. However, others may need further treatment to correct crooked teeth. In most cases, braces or Invisalign will be necessary. Sometimes dental extractions are necessary to create spaces for tooth alignment, however, with the newest technologies and orthodontic developments, this is rarely done. In some extreme circumstances, orthognathic surgery may be necessary to improve facial profile in adults. If the misalignments are minor in nature and only affect the front teeth, veneers may be considered as an alternative to orthodontics
Firstly, our dentist can assist you in determining if treatment is indeed necessary for your teeth. We will thoroughly check all parameters relating to dental malalignment, determining the likely causes and address relevant issues such as gum diseases so the best treatment program can be carried out to give you the perfect smile you deserve.
Braces, Invisalign, and other alignment devices are some of the more popular options available for individuals looking to address crooked and misaligned teeth. Get in touch with our dentists for an obligation free complimentary consultation, and learn which solutions would suit you best.
Depending on your consultation, possible treatments can involve the use of braces, or brace-less system (Invisalign).