Do you hide your smile because of crooked teeth?
Crooked and misaligned teeth are not just a cosmetic concern, they can also be the underlying cause for dental health problems. Crooked teeth can be difficult to clean effectively, increasing the risk for tooth cavities and gum disease. They can also impact the balance of the bite, leading to disorders of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ.
Dr. Gauthier will evaluate your oral health and bite to determine the best option for straightening your smile and supporting your long term dental health. We offer treatment options for achieving a straighter, healthier smile without the use of braces for patients with mild to moderate cosmetic concerns.
Straightening Teeth Without Braces
Your Russell Street dentist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will meet your cosmetic goals for a straighter smile. Misalignment can leave you with crooked or crowded teeth, negatively impacting the health and appearance of your smile. You may assume metal braces are your only treatment options. However, we can now recommend clear braces using aligners instead of metal braces. We can help fix your misalignment and improve your smile’s appearance with Invisalign clear braces.
Depending on your specific needs, treatment options can include:
- Invisalign: Invisalign corrects uneven smiles. We can use the Invisalign clear aligner system to correct your uneven teeth. Instead of metal braces, this system involves wearing clear plastic aligners, which gradually and carefully reposition the teeth. Patients wear them daily and upgrade to a new set about once every two weeks. We will examine your teeth and jaw to see if you benefit from clear braces or if you would be better served with more traditional orthodontics.
- Cosmetic tooth bonding: if there are minor imperfections or damage affecting your smile, tooth bonding can offer an economical alternative.
- Dental crowns: when one tooth is rotated or misshapen and lending a crooked appearance, a custom dental crown can be placed to improve the aesthetics of your smile.
- Dental veneers: porcelain veneers will offer a high quality, lasting treatment option for making over your smile with beautiful results. We recommend treatment for patients who are older than 16 and have minor alignment issues.
Misalignment can lead to oral health complications. In an optimal scenario, our teeth shouldn’t overlap or crowd. Misalignment leads to pressure on the jaw joint and can make caring for your teeth difficult, increasing the risk of oral health issues ranging from tooth decay and gum disease to TMD and teeth grinding. As a result, correcting the issue is best for your oral health.