Crooked teeth don’t just make our smiles appear .. crooked, they can also cause serious complications and long-term health problems if left untreated. Fortunately, there are remedies for those of us who are affected by crooked teeth. With treatment, we can enjoy straight, healthy teeth and a more attractive smile.
Crooked teeth may be caused by a variety of reasons. If we lose a baby tooth too early, the remaining teeth will shift their position to fill in and narrow the gap; then later the permanent tooth has to grow out of the narrow, crowded space, and become crooked. Losing a permanent tooth in early adulthood can also cause the adjacent teeth to shift and bend to fill in the gap. In almost every case, these shifting teeth end up crooked. Sometimes we just inherit a specific trait that the size of our mouth doesn't match up with the size of our teeth. If our mouth is very small, our teeth are likely to be crowded and won't have room to grow out straight and evenly.
Correctly aligned teeth provide support for one another to function properly in daily activities such as eating and speaking. If our teeth are crooked, the stress from biting and chewing does not distribute evenly, causing premature wear, leading to decay and cavity, and damaging the supporting gum and bone.
Correcting crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can improve our oral health in many ways. It makes it easier to brush and floss. It also helps us speak better, chew with ease, and stay out of pain. There may be more than one way to correct a specific crooked teeth condition. Orthodontic braces are the first treatment that comes into min, but it is not the only option available. Those who prefer an even more convenient and discreet treatment may choose the Invisalign® system of aligner trays. These clear plastic trays can be removed as needed, allowing a break to enjoy our meal; and it is much easier to brush our teeth afterward. Minor problems could be treated with an orthodontic retainer correct minor shifting or to maintain the results of orthodontic treatment. If we only have one or two crooked teeth, the problem is purely a cosmetic concern; then porcelain veneers may be the remedy offering a smooth, even, and properly aligned appearance.
If the problem is purely a cosmetic concern; then porcelain veneers may be the remedy offering a smooth, even, and properly aligned appearance.
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