Misaligned or Crooked Teeth
Frequently Asked Questions
Q - What causes misaligned or crooked teeth?
A – Misaligned, crooked, or askew teeth can arise from poor tooth development, such as early loss of childhood milk teeth or tooth overcrowding as permanent teeth replace milk teeth. Excessive habits, such as thumb sucking can apply force to teeth that cause them to become misaligned. Genetic conditions can affect bite or occlusion where top and bottom teeth do not meet properly. If not corrected, the pressure from misaligned bite can further cause teeth to become crooked.
Q - How do I know if my teeth are misaligned or crooked?
A – Teeth that are misaligned or crooked appear at an angle to other teeth and may make part of the skin over the jaw protrude where they jut out, or may cause a gap between teeth. Misaligned teeth are easily identifiable at dental examination and our resident dentist will explain the condition of your teeth to you then.
Q - What treatments are available for misaligned or crooked teeth?
A – Orthodontic and cosmetic treatments are available for misaligned teeth, and differ according to the extent of misalignment affecting tooth structure and facial form. After diagnosis and recommendation of treatment, our resident dentist may explain the most appropriate choice for treatment in your case. These may include removable or fixed braces, retainers or invisible braces.
The options are standard metal braces, Lingual braces that fit out-of-sight to the back of the teeth with wire arches and aligner brackets so as not to interfere with speech. Invisalign transparent unnoticeable are removable for eating and cleaning, and can solve bite by moving teeth to their right position within six to eighteen months. Inman Aligners that are also invisible and are used to straighten upper front teeth. Damon braces are a wire band or elastic free option that reduces friction in the mouth for increased comfort.
Strong white ceramic InVu braces are also an alternative to standard metal braces. The Simpli5 system uses five aligners to re-orientate minor misalignment conditions or to close small gaps. Tooth-coloured Six-Month Smile system is also an easy and discrete way to fix most cases of misalignment affecting the teeth that are seen when smiling.
Besides braces, Lumineers or porcelain veneers can be used to restore minor cases of skew teeth or for small gaps. Where braces are not enough to correct severe malocclusion or misalignment cases, our resident dentist may suggest Orthodontic surgery or other corrective devices. The appliances are either removable, such as plates, fixed, such as brackets, or functional, such as headgear. These treatments help people develop natural straight looking teeth that brighten smiles with confidence.
Q - What is involved in tooth straightening?
A – Your tooth and gum structure is initially fully examined with diagnostic equipment such as X-rays, scans or CEREC technology. Once your dental form and teeth are mapped, the full extent of misalignment or malocclusion can be identified. Treatment plans are then discussed with you before an appointment to start recommended treatment.
If braces are to be fitted, your mouth will be prepared and the braces will be fabricated according to specification. Our resident dentist will then fit your braces of choice and explain to you how best to care for your braces during treatment.
Alternatively, if Lumineers or veneers can solve a minor tooth gap or crooked tooth, then your teeth will also be prepared and possibly shaped before the Lumineers or porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth.
All procedures related to your treatment will be explained to you by our resident dentist so that you understand what to expect and know with confidence how your treatment works to help you be the best looking and feeling you that you can be.
Q - Why is treating misaligned or crooked teeth important?
A – Misaligned teeth can affect how teeth bite together which influences how people chew food and pronounce words. Not correcting crooked teeth can cause poor nutrition or diet and also communication with other people, so it is important to seek treatment for dental and overall wellbeing.
In some cases, the tooth structure impacts the facial form, expressions and smile. Some people’s confidence is affected by their crooked teeth causing them to avoid smiling or to feel self-conscious about their teeth. Treating misaligned teeth not only helps your dental health, but also builds self-esteem for better relationships and life opportunities, and improves the beauty of your face.
Q - Is it safe to leave teeth misaligned or crooked?
A – A crooked tooth can be left, but doing so can cause harm over the long-run if it places pressure on other teeth causing malocclusion or bite problems. This can affect not only dental health, but also physical and mental wellbeing. Sometimes the malocclusion causes facial irregularities over time that is easily treated. Erring on the safe side and allowing our resident dentist to check your teeth is better than leaving them possibly misaligned, posing a further risk to health and financial cost.
Q - How can misaligned or crooked teeth affect my overall health?
A – When teeth are not straight, they put strain on both the other teeth and jaw muscles for bite, and during chewing and communication. The strain can wear down other teeth causing them to weaken and even break. The tooth weakness or damage can irritate the mouth causing decay or gum disease that threatens tooth loss.
When infected teeth are left untreated, the infection can spread in the body and this can also result in hypertension and heart disease over time. The pressure on the mouth muscles can also cause headaches that affect physical and mental health. Getting your teeth checked is better for your general health, than leaving them unchecked and placing yourself at risk.
Q - How can I prevent my teeth from becoming misaligned?
A – The best way to prevent misaligned teeth is to regularly visit your dentist for check-ups. Our resident dentist is happy to see you for an appointment to evaluate your oral condition and to give you a diagnosis with recommended treatments. If you feel anxious about seeing a dentist, give us a call and we can also help you cope with your concerns so that you can receive the dental treatment needed for optimum oral health and wellbeing.
Q - What does treating misaligned or crooked teeth cost?
A – The cost of treating misaligned teeth or cases of malocclusion is patient-specific and depends on the diagnosis. Other cost influences are access to a dental practice that offers such treatments, the dental practice’s pricing structure and payment plans, and how soon treatment is sought so that oral health not deteriorate further. Our resident dentist can discuss costs and payment plans with you at your examination where the specific treatments you need with be explained.