Having a straight, healthy, and perfectly aligned smile is a source of confidence. Of course, not everyone has perfectly aligned teeth. Sometimes a tooth or multiple teeth may be crooked or twisted, leading to a number of issues.
Numerous patients throughout the greater Palm Springs area have visited our cosmetic dentistry practice to address problems caused by twisted or crooked teeth. Let's consider these problems and then go over some of the most common options for treatment.
Cosmetic Problems Caused by Twisted Teeth
If you have teeth that are twisted, they can cause you to feel self-conscious about the appearance and state of your smile. In fact, many people who have issues with twisted teeth can feel reluctant to speak, smile, and laugh, even around people they've known for many years. People who work in professions that involve lots of public interaction may also face some difficulties with their job if they have teeth that are twisted or otherwise crooked.
Dental Health Problems Caused by Twisted Teeth
In terms of dental health, twisted teeth can lead to a wide variety of problems. For one, twisted teeth can make it painful to bite and chew certain foods. In addition, the poor alignment caused by the twisted teeth can lead to teeth grinding (bruxism). Left untreated, this gnashing and clenching of the teeth at night can cause tooth damage, gum recession, headaches, and even jaw joint problems such as TMJ disorders (TMD).
Veneers and Crowns for Twisted Teeth
When the twisting of the teeth is very minor and causes only cosmetic problems, the ideal option for treatment may involve porcelain veneers or a dental crown. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that can mask a crooked tooth from view. Dental crowns are caps for teeth that can cover up a flaws tooth. In both cases, the results are teeth that look perfectly aligned and a smile that looks much straighter.
Orthodontics for Twisted Teeth
For most people who have a twisted tooth or multiple twisted teeth, the ideal option for treatment will involve orthodontic care. Braces, headgear, and other appliances can apply gentle force to the teeth in order to shift their position and enhance the alignment of your smile. After several months to two years of orthodontic treatment, a person's smile is properly aligned.
Ideally, orthodontic treatment should be performed at an earlier age. Younger patients (teens) tend to experience a faster treatment time overall since they are still maturing. That said, great results are often achieved through adult orthodontics, though it can take a bit more time and effort just given the realities of the patient's age.
Oral Surgery and Advanced Dental Treatments
When orthodontic care is not enough to address a patient's problems, more advanced measures will need to be considered. This typically means oral surgery. Oral surgery can help manipulate the various structures of the mouth, such as the jawbone, the teeth, and other tissues. After the oral surgery is performed, orthodontic care and/or restorative procedures may be used to help complete the process.
Since these oral surgery procedures need to be customized to the patient, we'll need to discuss these options with you at our practice during a consultation.
Learn More About Straightening Your Teeth
For more information about treating twisted teeth and improving the alignment of your smile, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist today. The team at Desert Dental Alternatives is here to help you experience the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile.