Learn More About Crooked Teeth
Most people have crooked teeth to some degree; while some may not look like a big deal, others may suffer from a quite noticeable appearance of misalignment issues. This can affect their confidence to smile and even make them feel not at their best.
When teeth are not aligned properly, they can also be a major problem for your dental health and other areas of your life. As some areas are hard to reach, it can be difficult to keep your mouth clean, leading to tooth decay and gum problems. In addition, they can affect your speech and interfere with chewing, which can be an uncomfortable and real annoyance.
Treatment for crooked teeth at Hills Family Dental Centre can be a safe, efficient way to make them seem uniform and may even improve your oral health. We offer a variety of services, including dental veneers, clear aligners, crowns, and smile makeovers. The dental professionals in our practice are skilled in performing these cosmetic procedures, and our primary goal is to deliver results that may give you a new look and the beautiful smile you deserve.
Common Causes of
Poor oral habits
Many habits that are picked up during childhood can cause teeth to become pushed out of alignment. Prolonged sucking on a thumb or pacifier, tongue-thrusting, frequent lip-biting, and nail-biting can all cause teeth to shift out of place.
Poor dental hygiene
Failure to keep your mouth clean can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, which can cause you to lose your teeth. When this happens, the remaining ones can move out of position and become crooked.
If small jaw sizes run in your family, or if you had any fetal abnormalities, it's more likely the reason your teeth came in twisted or crowded.
Early loss of baby teeth
Losing a primary tooth too early can cause other teeth to push toward the space and crowd the area where a permanent tooth would eventually come in.
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Dental Services that
Can Address Crooked Teeth
You may achieve dramatic change in the appearance of your smile with dental veneers.
Dental crowns may give you a straighter smile if you have moderately misaligned teeth.
It entails using two or more cosmetic dental treatments to enhance the overall appearance of the smile.
These thin shells are designed to attach to each front surface of the teeth; they may create beautifully aligned dentition by altering the tooth’s shape.
It is a tooth-shaped cap that encases the entire tooth, covering its awkward position. A crown may be made from porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin material.
The treatment plan usually requires wearing the aligners for about 20 to 22 hours daily or as per the dentist’s prescribed.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Crooked Teeth
You can probably tell that you have crooked teeth by their obvious misalignment. However, the dentist will evaluate your case to determine whether it needs treatment.
- If your teeth are rotated or in an awkward position, this may be a sign that they are crooked.
- Some spaces can’t be reached with a toothbrush.
- Signs of wear on your teeth, like decay and plaque in hidden or crowded areas in your mouth.
- Your dentition doesn’t form a “U” shape in both your upper and lower jaws. It could mean your teeth are overlapping.
- Difficulty when chewing.
- You’re having a hard time pronouncing certain words or experiencing lisps.
There are many potential disadvantages to having crooked teeth. As we’ve discussed, they can leave you at risk of gum disease, tooth decay, or other serious dental problems due to being unable to clean between your teeth thoroughly.
Crowded teeth may also cause bites, joint problems, and headaches. In some cases, it may affect your digestion and ability to communicate efficiently.
It is important to see a dentist if you think your teeth may be out of alignment. We can help you to ensure your teeth are healthy and functioning properly.
The length of treatment varies greatly based on the method you prefer and the severity of how crooked your teeth are. Generally, mild cases may take as little as six months, while severe conditions can mean a longer duration — anywhere between 12 to 24 months or more — to achieve the desired results.
It’s essential to consult with a dentist to find out how long it will take to straighten your teeth.
Crooked teeth may be more likely preventable in children than in adults and only possible in certain situations like environmental factors. For instance, habits like tongue thrusting, nail-biting, and sucking on objects can be managed.
Regular dental visits are important so the dentist can monitor the growth of teeth, jaws, and other facial bones. If crooked teeth are found early, we can create an approach to address it.