It is very common to have crooked teeth. Additionally, several of our patients have overbites or under-bites, meaning that their resting bite is not even and protrudes out in some way. Garner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers orthodontic consultations for our patients who are interested in resolving any misalignment and straightening their smiles. Dr. Wingate works with each patient on an individualized basis to determine the best treatment plans for orthodontic care.
Understanding Crooked Teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth have multiple causes. Excessive thumb or pacifier sucking during tooth development can cause teeth to be crooked. Additionally, many people find that crooked or misaligned teeth are a result of their genetics. Crooked teeth can also form due to facial injury. Regardless of the reason your teeth are crooked, you should be aware of the following risks that come with crooked teeth:
- Gum Disease – Crooked or misaligned teeth are harder to clean around. They create more sharp corners and edges for bacteria to hide around in your mouth. If this bacteria builds up over time, you are more likely to experience gum disease.
- Speech and Chewing Issues – Many people with crooked teeth experience issues with their speech or chewing patterns.
- Self-Confidence – If you’re uncomfortable with your smile, this can have a significant impact on your overall self-image and can hinder your personal development.
While each patient can choose to straighten their teeth or not, we encourage our patients to know their options. Dr. Wingate and our team are happy to go over these options with you.
Solutions for Crooked Teeth
The first step toward a straighter smile involves a comprehensive exam of your dental health. Your teeth and bite pattern will need to be thoroughly evaluated by our team to determine the best course of action. We will then either come up with a long-term orthodontic plan involving the use of braces or a short-term orthodontic plan, which could include Invisalign clear aligners. Our team is happy to help you find feasible and effective solutions achieve a straighter, healthier smile.