General Dental Information

Crooked teeth and options available to you

If your teeth are crooked, you shouldn’t feel like you have to straighten them. Teeth that aren’t perfectly aligned are unique to you and can add personality and charm to your smile. However, if you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look, or if they’re causing health or speech issues, you can have them realigned.

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What causes crooked teeth and misaligned bites?

There are several reasons why some people’s teeth grow in crooked, overlapping, or twisted. Some people’s mouths are too small for their teeth, which crowds the teeth and causes them to shift. In other cases, a person’s upper and lower jaws aren’t the same size or are malformed, resulting in either an , when overbite here is excessive protrusion of the upper jaw, or an under bite, when the lower jaw protrudes forward causing the lower jaw and teeth to extend out beyond the upper teeth.

Issues caused by Crooked Teeth

In some instances, crooked teeth can affect your quality of life. For example, misaligned teeth may affect your ability to chew, causing you pain every time you eat. In addition, some people may feel so self-conscious about their crooked teeth that they stop smiling or avoid social situations.

Other health issues that crooked teeth may cause include:

  • Periodontal disease. It can be hard to clean in between crooked teeth. This can result in tooth decay and gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to periodontics, a more serious infection that can damage bones and teeth.
  • Chewing and digestion. Crooked teeth can also interfere with proper chewing, which may cause digestion problems.
  • Excess wear. Crooked teeth can also cause excess wear and tear on the teeth, gums, and jaw muscles, resulting in cracked teeth, jaw strain and chronic headaches.
  • Speech difficulties. If your teeth are misaligned, they can affect the way you articulate sound, causing problems with speech.
  • Self-esteem. Unhappiness with your physical appearance can lead to a lack of self-esteem and social avoidance.

What are your options to straighten crooked teeth

Teeth Straightening Procedure

Surgical procedures for straightening teeth are an option. They may be a way to lessen the amount of time you need to wear braces. Your orthodontist might suggest a minor surgical procedure designed to reposition the bones and gums that help hold your teeth in place. They might also recommend a more involved procedure designed to realign your jaw. This type of surgery might be recommended if your teeth have affected your speech or chewing ability.

Braces

Fixed metal braces are attached to the teeth with brackets, bands, and flexible wire. Braces may be a better choice for someone with more complex dental alignment issues.

Types of braces

Metal Braces; Fixed metal braces are attached to the teeth with brackets, bands, and flexible wire. These braces may be a better choice for someone with more complex dental alignment issues. Sometimes, headgear is required in addition to fixed braces. Headgear is typically only worn at night. Metal braces have come a long way since their early days. They now use smaller brackets and less metal. They’re also more comfortable than they used to be. They even come with multicolored rubber bands that you can choose to match your personality.

Ceramic Braces; Ceramic braces and the arch wires that connect them are clear or tooth-colored so they don’t stand out as much as metal brackets. The straightening process is the same as metal brackets, although ceramic brackets are prone to staining and break easily. 

How to Care for Braces

Your orthodontist, dentist or dental hygienist will provide you with thorough instruction of how to properly clean your braces. There are many toothbrushes you can use both manual (specifically designed for orthodontic patients), power, electric or sonic. Ask your dental professional which is be best for you. Brushing should be conducted at least 2-3 times per day at a 45 degree angle in a back and forth motion. Be sure to remove plaque at the gum line to prevent gingivitis (inflammation of the gum tissue). Be sure to angle the toothbrush at the gum line and then gently brush around the brackets to remove plaque.

What to expect when you Visit Emerald dental for your Orthodontics treatment

Our Doctors will want to know about your symptoms, including any popping sounds that you hear when opening or closing your mouth, and any physical discomfort you have while chewing or at other times. X-rays of your mouth will be taken, and a mold of your teeth will be made.If you need braces, they will be custom made for you and put on at a later date.

How to Maintain a Smile After the Braces are Off
After your orthodontist has determined that your braces can be removed, it is very important that a retainer (a plastic appliance) be worn during the day or night as recommended by them. The retainer can be cleaned with warm water or toothpaste and a toothbrush after you wear it and placed in a plastic container when not in use.

Sources: https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/crooked-teeth#diagnosis https://www.colgate.com/en-sa/oral-health/conditions/dry-mouth/bringing-teeth-into-alignment-with-orthodontic-treatment

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/crooked-teeth-misaligned-bites#1

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