How to Straighten Out a Crooked Smile
If you suffer from crooked teeth, it may affect your self-confidence and cause you to hide your smile. Crooked teeth can also impact your oral health, as they make it more difficult to properly clean your teeth or contribute to jaw pain caused by imbalanced chewing.
But how to fix crooked teeth? While many patients may assume that metal braces are the only option, Dr. Matthew A. Turner, D.D.S., P.C. can provide a broad spectrum of cosmetic treatments to correct your smile, including Invisalign® and porcelain veneers. His diverse skill set allows him to customize your treatment for the best possible results at his practice serving Blue Springs and Kansas City, MO.
What Causes Crooked Teeth?
There are several common causes of crooked teeth, including:
- Thumb sucking
- Extensive pacifier use
- Tongue thrusting
- Early loss of baby teeth
- Improper development
While the cause of your crooked teeth may have been out of your control, straightening them out does not have to be.
Why Correct Crooked Teeth?
There are two main reasons you should consider fixing crooked teeth:
Crooked teeth can undermine the beauty of your smile. Often, patients with crooked teeth avoid smiling because they feel self-conscious about their appearance. If you are unhappy with the way your misaligned teeth make you look, you may benefit from treatment.
Invisalign is often an ideal solution for teen and adult patients who have avoided orthodontics due to social concerns.
Oral Health Concerns
In addition to affecting your confidence, crooked teeth can make it hard to reach certain areas when brushing and flossing. This can lead to a build-up of bacteria and may put you at risk of developing decay or gum disease. Crooked teeth can also result in:
- Speech problems
- Jaw discomfort
- Biting your tongue and cheek
During your consultation, Dr. Turner can examine your bite to determine how crooked teeth are affecting your smile.
Your Treatment Options
While the best solution will be based on the extent of the issue as well as your overall goals, there are several treatments that can be performed to address crooked teeth:
- A popular alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign can straighten your smile using aligner trays. The aligners are made of clear, BPA-free plastic for more discreet, comfortable, and often faster treatment. As such, Invisalign is often an ideal solution for teen and adult patients who have avoided orthodontics due to social concerns.
- Porcelain Veneers
- If you only suffer from slightly crooked teeth, porcelain veneers may be a viable option. Veneers are thin shells that cover the entire front of the tooth. However, it is important to keep in mind that veneers will not actually correct your crooked teeth but simply conceal the issue.
- Dental Bonding
- Similar to porcelain veneers, dental bonding is designed to cover up dental imperfections. However, bonding is a more affordable alternative. Dental bonding uses a composite bonding material which is molded over the tooth to improve the appearance of your tooth.
Additionally, if you wish to target multiple parts of your smile, a smile makeover may be the ideal solution. Dr. Turner can create a custom plan, combining several procedures to completely transform your smile.
Dedicated to Quality Care
Do not allow crooked teeth to negatively impact your quality of life. Contact us online or call us at (816) 229-1433 to schedule a consultation. Whichever treatment option you choose, Dr. Turner is dedicated to providing the highest level of care.