Consumer surveys show that people with straight teeth are 38 percent more likely to be perceived as smart. It’s not just that crooked teeth leave a visual impression on other people. They can pose an oral health risk.
Crooked teeth are harder to care for. Plaque builds up more easily because it’s more difficult to floss and brush misaligned teeth. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, crooked teeth can create stress in the mouth and jaw joints, leading to or worsening temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).
Options for Straightening Crooked Teeth
Fixing crooked teeth will not only vastly improve your appearance, but make a significant improvement on how you bite, chew, speak, and clean your teeth. Because many adults don’t want to wear braces, we offer options for fixing crooked teeth without braces:
Porcelain veneers are thin, translucent shells that cover the teeth. They are made to look like natural teeth, are removable, and are fairly simple to adhere.
A dental crown is a “cap” that covers the tooth. Crowns can be made of many materials, and porcelain crowns give a natural look and feel to the tooth. We are usually able to apply a dental crown in one quick visit. And you will be able to care for dental crowns is just like regular teeth with simple brushing and flossing.
Cosmetic bonding is the easiest and least expensive way to fix crooked teeth. Bonding is able to close spaces between teeth, make teeth look longer or change the shape or color of the teeth. The dentist will abrade the existing teeth, lightly coat with an adhesive liquid, and apply a composite resin to repair the teeth.
Similar to retainers, Invisalign uses a series of plastic molds to gradually move teeth. The molds must be kept in 24 hours a day except when eating, brushing, or flossing. Invisalign offers benefits that typical braces do not:
- Removable trays allow you to eat otherwise restricted foods (popcorn, gum, etc)
- Improved hygiene, can floss and brush normally
- More comfortable and less noticeable than braces