Fallston dentist Dr. Melissa Elliott offers several solutions for crooked teeth including treatment options for straightening teeth with or without braces.
More than just a cosmetic concern, crooked teeth have the potential to lead to serious health concerns. Crooked teeth often make brushing and flossing difficult, allowing food, debris and plaque to build up between teeth. This can increase your risk of cavity formation and gum disease.
Teeth that are misaligned can also be the underlying cause for bite problems that not only affect the comfort of your smile, but can cause excessive tooth wear and damage over time.
Straightening Teeth With Invisible Braces
The most common way to fix crooked teeth is through orthodontic treatment, using either metal braces or clear braces. Most adult patients prefer to use invisible braces to straighten teeth. Harford County Dentistry is a Fallston, MD and Bel Air, MD area Invisalign dentist office.
Invisible braces are well suited for patients who have mild to moderate alignment problems. Invisible braces are used as an effective treatment for a variety of alignment problems including crowding, spacing, overbite and underbite.
Benefits of invisible braces vs metal braces:
- Invisible braces are removable so you can eat whatever you want
- Invisible braces lead to improved oral hygiene because you can brush and floss normally
- Smooth plastic instead of sharp metal make treatment more comfortable
- Convenience of visiting our Fallston dentist office to monitor treatment instead of specialist
- Since the aligners are clear, it is a very discreet teeth straightening treatment
- No need to worry about stained teeth after metal braces are removed
Straightening Teeth Without Braces
There are also options for patients who want to straighten their teeth without braces. Dr. Elliott will carefully evaluate your condition. Straightening teeth without braces is used when there are no health considerations that would require braces.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that cover the front and sides of teeth. They can successfully be used to correct minor problems in tooth alignment. A precise shade of porcelain will be used so that the veneers will blend in naturally with the rest of your teeth. Typically, veneers not covered by dental insurance since they are considered a cosmetic treatment.
Dental crowns cover the entire tooth and are well suited for teeth that may have more significant alignment issues. A crown is thicker than a veneer therefore it is more durable and resistant to cracking. That also means that the tooth will need to be trimmed away to accommodate the crown. Crowns are more likely to be covered by dental insurance.
Crooked Teeth FAQs
Is it bad to have crooked teeth?
Crooked teeth are extremely common. They are not a bad thing if they are not the cause of other dental issues, but having perfectly aligned teeth has many added bonuses. These include improved speech and function of one’s teeth and jaw, as well as increased confidence in a patient’s smile and overall appearance.
What happens if your teeth are crooked?
If your teeth are crooked it can put extra pressure and tension on your jaw and facial muscles. When your jaw has to work harder to function it may cause headaches and muscle tension. This increases the risk of tooth damage.
What is the fastest way to straighten your teeth?
The two most common and fastest ways to straighten teeth are metal braces and clear aligners, such as Invisalign. Invisalign is increasingly becoming a popular choice because esthetically it is difficult to see, while metal braces are very noticeable.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
If you are searching for a dentist that treats crooked teeth near Bel Air, MD and Fallston, MD, contact Harford County Dentistry. Call 410-994-2627 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elliott or request an appointment online.
Our dentist office is conveniently located at 1810 Bel Air Road in Fallston, Maryland. We serve patients in the Fallston, MD and Bel Air, MD area and gladly welcome new patients.