Straighten Up Your Smile
Do you feel embarrassed by your smile due to crooked teeth? Crooked teeth are a common dental concern that affects many patients to some degree. While some patients have a single crooked tooth that makes them feel too embarrassed to smile, others have orthodontic concerns that affect the function and health of their bite.
It is never too late to straighten your teeth. Receiving orthodontic care at any age can help improve oral health and boost self-confidence.
Claremont Dental Institute offers cosmetic solutions for straightening crooked teeth. Our patients undergo thorough oral health examination and bite analysis to determine their crooked teeth’ impact on their bite. Our dentists provide treatment plans based on the underlying cause and functional issues related to a patient’s crooked teeth to provide long-term results.
Crooked Teeth and Your Oral Health
Patients who live with crooked teeth often face higher rates of secondary dental concerns. Crooked teeth can be difficult to clean thoroughly, allowing debris and bacteria to build. For this reason, tooth decay and gum disease rates tend to be higher in patients with crooked teeth.
Crooked teeth can also affect the alignment and function of the jaw joint. Crooked teeth can cause damage to the temporomandibular joint creating painful symptoms often referred to as TMJ. TMJ is a chronic pain disorder resulting from a malfunction or damage to the jaw joint. Straightening crooked teeth may aid in alleviating these symptoms, allowing patients to live comfortably.
Invisalign: The Clear Way to Straighter Teeth
Dr. Steve Fountain is a Claremont, CA, area Invisalign provider. Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that are specially designed to address your orthodontic concerns. Patients wear a series of aligners that gradually shift teeth into alignment. Aligners are nearly invisible, comfortable to wear, and ultra discreet.
Invisalign can improve the look of your smile and your oral health. It’s a suitable treatment option for teen and adult patients with mild to moderate misalignment. Invisalign helps patients straighten their teeth without the embarrassment or discomfort of traditional braces.
To learn more about how Invisalign can help you achieve the smile, you have always wanted at any age, see Invisible Braces Treatment.
Alternatives To Orthodontics
Many patients have cosmetic alternatives to braces to improve their smile alignment. Cosmetic solutions for crooked teeth can boost self-confidence and help patients achieve their ideal smile. However, they are best for a crooked tooth that does not affect the function or comfort of your bite. Our dentist will evaluate your smile and the full impact of your crooked teeth on other aspects of your oral health. Then, our dentist will discuss your treatment options with you and help you choose the best option for your unique needs while achieving your goals.
Porcelain veneers are a great solution for those who have crooked teeth and want to improve their smile. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material that we bond to the front of the teeth to cover up any imperfections. Our dentists can use them to address a variety of issues such as chips, cracks, stains, and even gaps in between teeth.
For those with crooked teeth, porcelain veneers can straighten them out without having to undergo orthodontic treatment. Veneers offer an effective and aesthetically pleasing option for addressing crooked teeth. To learn more about porcelain veneers, see Porcelain Veneers.
Dental crowns are another great way to address crooked teeth. A dental crown is a cap that fits over the entire visible portion of the tooth, covering it completely. This helps to protect the tooth from further damage and also improves the overall look. Our dentists can use crowns to correct misalignment, close gaps between teeth, or fix fractures or chips in a tooth. To learn more about dental crowns, see Dental Crowns.
Crooked Teeth FAQs
Can crooked teeth cause problems?
Crooked teeth can cause more than aesthetic problems and insecurities. Patients with crooked teeth may have trouble with speech. They are also more prone to TMJ issues, gum disease, and dental headaches.
Can teeth become crooked with age?
As patients age, teeth are more prone to shift and become crooked. Our bone density slowly deteriorates as we age, allowing teeth to push forward and become crowded.
How can I fix my crooked teeth without braces?
There are many options to fix crooked teeth that do not involve braces. Invisalign is a popular choice to align crooked teeth. Patients may also choose dental bonding or veneers, as mentioned above. The only way to fix crooked teeth is with help from a dentist or orthodontist.
You are never too old for a straighter smile! Contact the cosmetic dental team at Claremont Dental Institute at (909) 277-6919 or request your consultation online to begin your journey. We welcome new patients from the greater Claremont area, Upland California, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, Pomona, and La Verne.