The Importance of Fixing Crooked Teeth
Crooked and misaligned teeth can affect your dental health. In addition, crooked teeth can:
- Increase the difficulty of cleaning your teeth and gums. This may increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Affect your self-confidence.
- Interfere with your ability to chew.
- Adds stress to the teeth, joints, and muscles, which increases the likelihood of tooth and jaw damage.
Finding the best solution to address crooked teeth can help restore balance and symmetry to your smile. There is a wide range of treatment options available to address crooked teeth. Dr. Moore and our team at the Charlotte Center For Complete Dentistry can assess your needs and recommend the best form of treatment for you.
What Causes Crooked Teeth?
Crooked teeth are a common dental issue. There are many reasons why patients have crooked teeth. For example, your genetics can be to blame for orthodontic issues. In other cases, some form of tooth trauma such as a fall or blow to the face can cause this issue. The severity of the trauma, as well as the age at which it occurred, will determine how crooked your teeth become.
Other reasons why you have crooked teeth can include:
- Premature loss of the baby or permanent teeth
- Improper jaw development
- Nasal airway obstruction
- Thumb sucking
- Tongue posture or placement
- Pacifier use
- Lip placement
Can Crooked Teeth Be Prevented?
In some cases, you can prevent crooked teeth. In other cases, you cannot. For instance, if crooked teeth are the result of genetics, there is very little that you can do to avoid their development. However, there are measures you can take to correct them.
Certain oral behaviors and habits, such as thumb sucking, can increase the risk of having crooked teeth. These habits and behaviors begin from a young age, so there are steps you can take to prevent crooked teeth in your children.
Visiting the dentist regularly from a young age can help the dentist identify your child’s risk for malocclusion. Early intervention may help prevent crooked teeth in the future.
Establishing dental care with a trusted dentist like Dr. Moore allows our team to monitor your child’s smile as they age. Our team can take the necessary actions to help improve the alignment, health, and condition of your child’s mouth.
How To Treat Crooked Teeth
The first step to treat crooked teeth is undergoing a routine dental exam. During your dental visit, we can asses the condition and placement of the teeth, jaw, and joints. We may check for signs of an abnormal bite, difficulty chewing, abnormal alignment of the teeth, and tooth damage.
With the results, we can find the underlying cause of your crooked teeth and build a custom treatment plan to realign your teeth. Once we give a diagnosis, we can recommend the best choice for your case.
Treatment for crooked teeth may include one or more of the following:
- In the case of overcrowding, tooth extraction might be necessary
For patients who are seeking an alternative to traditional metal braces, we offer Invisalign in our Charlotte dental office. Invisalign is a discreet, comfortable way to straighten crooked teeth with metal brackets or wires. In many cases, it is ideal for teens and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns.
Crooked Teeth FAQs
Can crooked teeth straighten out on their own?
In some cases when young patients are lucky their teeth may seem to be coming in misaligned, and as they continue to grow they correct their alignment.
In many cases it is easiest to treat misaligned teeth for younger teeth, because their jaw responds quicker to treatment, but in some cases it is best to wait out a patient’s smile until all of their teeth have fully come in. This gives teeth time to straighten themselves naturally.
Can Invisalign fix very crooked teeth?
Invisalign can fix extremely crooked teeth. It is better at straightening more extreme misaligned bites than braces. Brackets in braces treatment can be difficult to position when you have misaligned teeth. Invisalign allows multiple phases, and fits exactly to each patient’s bite to progressively shift their teeth into alignment.
Who is not eligible for Invisalign?
Anyone with a crooked bite is eligible to try Invisalign treatment. However, your dentist may advise against it if you think you would struggle to wear the aligners consistently 22 hours per day. You may need an orthodontic treatment that is not removable.
Patients who have a hard time keeping their belongings in place, and staying organized may also not be a good fit for Invisalign. One of the most common issues patients report with Invisalign is that they have lost or misplaced their aligners.
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Dr. Moore is a highly-skilled dentist who commits to providing comprehensive dental care. If you are seeking options to fix crooked teeth in Charlotte, NC, visit the Charlotte Center For Complete Dentistry.