Crooked teeth are not only a cosmetic concern, they can also be a dental health issue that needs to be addressed to avoid problems down the road. Crooked teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss effectively, raising the risk for tooth decay and tooth cavities. They may also cause an imbalance in the bite that can lead to a bite disorder such as TMJ.
Hires Dental Care offers a variety of treatment options when it comes to addressing the problems associated with crooked teeth. Your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation and recommend the best option for your dental health and cosmetic goals.
Straightening Teeth Without Braces in Toledo
Many adults wish to straighten their teeth but want to do so without metal braces. Braces are a long and sometimes painful process. Besides being uncomfortable, braces are sometimes seen as juvenile, and many adults don’t want to wear them. There are options, however, to straighten your teeth by other means.
Common options for straightening teeth without braces:
- Porcelain Veneers are used to correct minor problems including gaps between teeth, crooked teeth or uneven teeth. This is a popular dental treatment for those that want to elongate the appearance of their “small” teeth.
- Cosmetic Tooth Bonding is a quick and easy way to fix minor imperfections in the teeth, including crooked teeth. Tooth bonding is a perfect economical alternative to close the gap between your two front teeth, or any teeth.
- Dental Crowns cover the entire tooth and can be used to close spaces between teeth, lengthen teeth, and achieve symmetry. Tooth crowns are mostly used after a root canal to fill the cavity and protect the tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Straightening Crooked Teeth
What causes misalignment?
A variety of factors can lead to misalignment, from the way the teeth erupt, to premature tooth loss, and even the size and shape of the mouth. However, no matter the cause we can often address an uneven smile using our orthodontic treatment.
How does an uneven smile impact my appearance and oral health?
First, you may feel uncomfortable with your appearance and even take steps to hide your smile. In addition, misalignment can make thorough brushing and flossing difficult, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The strain on the jaw joints can also increase the chances of TMJ disorder and bruxism forming, which threatens your oral health.
Can you correct the issue with clear aligners?
We will take detailed impressions and images, which will be used at an Invisalign lab to create a series of aligners. The patient then wears the aligners for between 20 and 23 hours a day as the teeth are repositioned. Total treatment typically takes about a year to 18 months. You can also remove them before meals or when brushing/flossing your teeth.
Can anyone wear the clear aligners?
We will examine your smile and decide whether this is the best choice for correcting your smile. Most people with mild to moderate crooked teeth issues can benefit from Invisalign. Severe misalignment should be treated with more advanced dental services.
Hires Dental Care is an official provider of Invisalign® in Toledo, OH. We frequently recommend this option for patients who need mild to moderate orthodontic treatment. Invisalign can straighten teeth and fix a variety of other dental problems. It consists of a series of custom-made clear aligners that gently reposition your teeth to perfect alignment. With Invisalign, no one has to know you are wearing braces, and treatment is typically completed in about a year.
Schedule a Consultation to Correct Crooked Teeth
We are your local dental partner, dedicated to maintaining and improving your long-term oral health. For more information on how we can help realign your teeth quickly and effectively, visit us! We are accepting new patients of all ages. Schedule a dental exam and consultation online, or give us a call at 419.365.2217 today.