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Understanding and Treating Crooked Teeth: Comprehensive Guide

Crooked Teeth
7 May 2024

Crooked teeth, also known as misaligned teeth, can be more than just a cosmetic issue. They may lead to oral health complications such as tooth decay, gum disease, and even chronic headaches due to the strain placed on jaw muscles.

In this blog, we’ll explore the causes, symptoms, and various orthodontic treatments available to address crooked teeth. Together, we can find the right treatment plan for getting you straighter teeth while protecting your oral hygiene.

Causes and Symptoms of Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth can occur due to several factors:

  • Genetics: Often, misaligned teeth, twisted teeth, or uneven teeth are inherited traits.
  • Poor Myofunctional Habits: Habits like thumb-sucking in childhood can lead to malformations in the baby tooth that may translate to the permanent tooth.
  • Jaw Size Changes: Modern diets have led to smaller jaw sizes, which are insufficient to accommodate adult teeth and lead to overcrowded teeth.
  • Trauma and Tooth Loss: Accidents can displace teeth, contributing to misalignment.

Symptoms of crooked teeth include difficulty in cleaning teeth, which increases the risk of oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth can also cause problems with chewing and speaking and can often affect your self-confidence.

Treatment Options for Crooked Teeth

We understand the impact crooked teeth can have on your day-to-day life. Thankfully, there are a number of treatment options out there:

Traditional Braces

Traditional metal braces are a time-tested solution for correcting severely crowded teeth and twisted teeth. By using brackets and wires, these braces apply pressure over time to move teeth into the desired position. Ceramic braces offer a less noticeable alternative, using tooth-coloured materials to blend with the natural colour of the teeth.

Removable Aligners

Removable aligners like Invisalign provide a discreet way to straighten teeth. Suitable for adults and teenagers, these clear aligners are custom-made and gradually shift teeth into place. They are popular due to their convenience and effectiveness in treating mild to moderate misalignments while being virtually invisible, letting you go about your day confidently.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces but are mounted on the backside of the teeth, making them invisible when smiling. They are ideal for those concerned about the aesthetics of braces.

Short-term Orthodontic Treatments

Six Month Smiles

This treatment focuses on quickly adjusting the visible front teeth and is less concerned with altering the bite. It’s ideal for cosmetic improvements in a short time.

Inman Aligners

Offering a quicker solution for aligning the front teeth, Inman aligners are removable and work by using a coiled spring and bar mechanism to squeeze the teeth into position.

Other Cosmetic Treatments

Composite Bonding

This involves applying resin to the tooth’s surface, which is then shaped and hardened with light. Composite bonding is an excellent option for minor adjustments and fixing small imperfections.

Porcelain Veneers

For teeth that are not only crooked but also perhaps chipped or discoloured, porcelain veneers can offer a transformative look. They cover the front surface of teeth, providing a straight, white smile.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, used for individual teeth that are misshapen or severely damaged, fit over the remaining part of a tooth to help maintain its structure and improve appearance.

Bring Back Your Smile With Aesthetique

Deciding on the best treatment for crooked teeth depends on many factors, including the extent of misalignment and your individual oral health needs.

At the go-to private dentist in Leeds, we pride ourselves on providing a warm, welcoming environment where every treatment plan is tailored just for you. Whether it’s a slight adjustment or a complete transformation, we’re here to guide you with care and expertise. Schedule a visit to discuss how we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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