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.
Crooked teeth have more space around them for bacteria to grow and the gums don't fit as securely around the teeth. They are also harder to properly clean, because a toothbrush or floss cannot always reach every area. Those with crooked teeth are more likely to develop cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
Crooked teeth can cause excessive tooth wear. If teeth don’t mesh smoothly, they will rub abrasively against other teeth and cause stress and wear not only for themselves but also for the teeth opposite. This can even lead to fractures, as these teeth endure more than their share of pressure from biting.
Well-formed teeth that are upright are best at withstanding chewing forces. Misaligned teeth that protrude 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.
Cosmetic bonding is a 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 correcting shape.. Patients often do not need anesthesia or other preparation before the procedure. It is can usually be completed in one visit to our office. Dr. White will advise you as to whether this is the best solution for you.
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain or resin shells that are bonded over the teeth to make them more look better by changing the size shape or color This is a very versatile method of managing appearance issues that is not nearly as invasive as caps or crowns. Dr. White will help to determine the best solution for you.
Invisalign and other clear aligners are a great alternative to adult braces for severely crooked teeth. We create a series of plastic aligner trays 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 consultation to correct your crooked teeth.