Are you embarrassed by crooked teeth?
Do you find yourself covering your smile because of your crooked teeth? Treating crooked teeth not only improves teeth aesthetically but also benefits oral health. Crooked teeth are one of the most common dental concerns among patients of all ages. Straightening and realigning crooked teeth can help prevent problems that may impact the form and function of teeth. After an extensive dental exam and bite analysis, Dr. Shulman can provide custom treatment options for long-term results.
Problems with Crooked Teeth
Straight teeth allow better access to areas between teeth like gums. Plaque can build up in places that crooked teeth make it difficult to clean. However, with the right treatment, problems like tooth decay can be prevented. Crooked teeth can lead to other dental issues, whether you notice them or not.
If left untreated, crooked teeth may lead to several problems including:
- Tooth wear, or worn teeth
- Increased risk of tooth decay
- Dental cavities
- Improper chewing, or unbalanced bite
- Strain on teeth, jaw, and muscles
Gum Disease: Developing periodontal, or gum disease is a common ramification of crooked teeth. Gum disease develops when bacteria in our mouth forms into plaque.
More Difficult To Clean Teeth: Toothbrush bristles and floss have a difficult time reaching the nooks and crannies between crooked teeth, which can lead to bacteria growth, which leads to tooth decay and cavities.
Cause Unnecessary Tooth Wear: Crowded bottom teeth often cause one or more teeth to protrude, which can rub against your upper teeth. Over a period of time, this can lead to unnecessary wear of tooth enamel.
Bad Breath: As bad as crooked teeth look, they can smell even worse. Bad breath is generally caused by lingering mouth bacteria, which can be difficult to clean from in between crooked teeth.
Risk Of Additional Injuries: Protruding upper teeth are more likely to chip or crack in the event of an accident. Such events can include sporting events, or simply an accident around the house can have a crooked or protruding tooth do unnecessary damage to other areas of your mouth such as your lips or cheeks.
Treatment for Crooked Teeth in Philadelphia, PA
There are multiple options for patients with varying levels of treatment. Before treatment, Dr. Drew Shulman will examine your teeth thoroughly. We will take your budget and goals into consideration when planning treatment. Then, one of these treatments may be chosen:
Invisalign® uses clear plastic braces that provide comfort in comparison to traditional metal braces. The clear braces are custom-designed to each patient and are removable for patient’s convenience. Your teeth will gradually straighten over time using this solution.
Tooth bonding utilizes bio-composite material that is sculpted and shaped to a tooth, and then “bonded” using a special light. This treatment can not only be used for crooked teeth, but also for other damaged or chipped teeth.
Made of high-quality porcelain, dental veneers cover the front and sides of teeth. This option can be used to correct minor alignment issues and improve the appearance of teeth. Porcelain veneers make teeth look straighter and more balanced.
Dental crowns are caps that cover entire teeth. Like porcelain veneers, dental crowns improve teeth aesthetically. However, they can also protect teeth from wear, damage, decay, and other oral health problems.
Crooked Teeth FAQs
Are crooked teeth genetic?
Yes crooked teeth are genetic. They are directly related to one’s genetics. Parents with small jaws are likely to have children with crooked teeth, because oftentimes their children’s jaws are also small and there is not enough room for their teeth to all come in.
Will teeth shift back to being crooked after having orthodontic treatment?
Teeth can shift post treatment, but it takes a long time for them to shift, and in most cases they will not shift entirely back to the way they were before treatment. Dentists and orthodontists can attempt to prevent this by putting a bar behind patients teeth to hold their teeth in place and not allow them to shift back.
If you are worried about your teeth shifting talk to your dentist or orthodontist about the potential for your teeth to shift and what they suggest would be the best preventive methods.
What issues do having crooked teeth cause on a day to day basis?
Crooked teeth cause many issues for patients. Having crooked teeth makes it more difficult to chew and eat. It also can make speech difficult. Crooked teeth are known to sometimes cause gum disease when patients get older, so if you have crooked teeth it is definitely something to look into having fixed because of the issues they can pose.
On average, how long does it take to treat crooked teeth?
Treatment times vary from patient to patient based on the severity of their misaligned teeth. For some patients they have braces for six- eight months and their teeth are corrected. For others, it can take two years or longer.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
Improve your oral health and the aesthetics of your teeth. If you want to straighten your crooked teeth, call today. Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Shulman today at (215) 372-1142.