Do you hide your smile due to embarrassment over crooked teeth? You may also hide additional dental problems often caused by misaligned and crooked teeth. We treat crooked teeth in Truckee, CA to improve the appearance and health of the teeth. Crooked teeth are a common dental concern that affects your confidence. Straightening crooked teeth can prevent future dental problems and improve the bite.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
Crooked teeth can contribute to serious health problems, including tooth decay and gum disease. This is because brushing and flossing crooked teeth is often more challenging. Food can become trapped between teeth. This debris attracts harmful bacteria.
Even with the best daily care and routine visits to the dentist, build-up like this can contribute to more dental problems. You can potentially experience tooth wear and sensitive gum tissue. It can even lead to tooth decay if left untreated.
Crooked teeth and misaligned bites can also interfere with chewing or speech. An imbalanced bite can place pressure on different areas of the bite or certain teeth more than others. This makes biting and chewing uncomfortable. It may also be difficult to pronounce certain words if you have overlapping or overcrowded teeth.
In addition, crooked teeth can cause tension in the teeth, jaws, and muscles. This often leads to headaches, teeth grinding, TMJ-related issues, and worn or broken teeth. TMJ treatment can be costly and time-consuming. Sometimes, straightening teeth is enough to prevent TMD.
The most common reason why patients straighten their crooked teeth is to improve the look of their smile. Straightening your teeth can boost your self-confidence.
Straighten Crooked Teeth With Invisible Aligners in Truckee, CA
Invisible aligners are ideal for many adults because the aligners are virtually unnoticeable and removable. Clear aligners can also straighten teeth in a relatively short period. Dr. Baldwin is an Invisalign provider. He can create a personalized treatment plan with this highly effective clear aligner system. Invisalign is convenient for teens and adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment.
In addition to the esthetic and comfort advantages, Invisalign can offer several significant clinical benefits, including:
- Improved gum and tooth health during treatment because of better oral hygiene
- No metal allergies due to brackets and wires
- More predictable treatment planning with Invisalign software
- Custom aligners tailored to fit your teeth precisely for reduced irritation of the soft tissue of the mouth
- There are no food restrictions because you can remove your aligners to eat
Compared to metal braces, Invisalign aligners are more convenient and comfortable. While patients must keep track of and clean their aligners, it’s much simpler to clean aligners than metal braces. Patients who undergo Invisalign can remove their aligners to brush and floss their teeth as they would normally.
Straightening Teeth Without Braces
Dr. Baldwin is an experienced cosmetic dentist. He offers cosmetic tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns for patients who do not require braces. These treatments can cover slightly crooked teeth. We recommend bonding, veneers, and crowns to create a straighter-looking smile in no time:
Cosmetic dental bonding is a simple procedure, typically completed in a single visit. Dr. Baldwin will directly apply a tooth-colored, biocompatible composite resin to the tooth.
The composite material is sculpted into the proper shape and form. Then, Dr. Baldwin “bonds” the material to the tooth using a special light. Little or no tooth preparation is needed for the dental bonding procedure. Dental bonding is one of the most economical choices for covering single crooked teeth.
Our porcelain veneers are a great way to straighten teeth without the use of braces. Made of ultra-thin, translucent ceramic material, porcelain veneers have a highly aesthetic and natural appearance. Porcelain veneers cover the front and sides of teeth. They can address other cosmetic concerns like tooth gaps or discolored teeth.
Veneers are a great option if you have one or more slightly crooked teeth in your smile line. We can use a single veneer or full veneers to cover crooked teeth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth. Like a porcelain veneer, a dental crown covers the entire tooth rather than just the front or sides. In addition, dental crowns can cover dental implants and secure restorations like bridges.
Dental crowns can also treat damaged, cracked, or slightly crooked teeth. Patients who suffer from tooth decay and receive a root canal can also benefit from crowns to cover large fillings.
Crooked Teeth FAQs
Learn more about crooked teeth with answers to your frequently asked questions:
Can teeth become crooked with age?
Yes. Patients’ teeth may become crowded as they age, causing them to shift and become crooked. As we age, our bones lose density. Because of this, patients’ jaw bones gradually change shape. This may result in overcrowding and a crooked bite.
At what age is it too late to get braces?
You are never too old to get braces. Patients of any age can correct a crooked bite with braces or clear aligners. Braces not only help the function of a patient’s bite, but they also give confidence to patients in their smiles.
Can crooked teeth cause problems?
Crooked teeth can cause excessive wear to the surfaces of teeth. They also may cause speech problems, TMJ disorders, headaches, gum disease, and cracks in teeth.
What is the cheapest option to fix crooked teeth?
Clear aligners like Invisalign are some of the most economical options to straighten crooked teeth. This is because Invisalign often requires less treatment time than traditional braces. Clear aligners also treat mild or moderately crooked teeth, which take less effort to straighten.
Straighten Crooked Teeth Today
Are you self-conscious about your crooked or misaligned teeth? Call Dr. Baldwin in Truckee, CA, to fix crooked teeth at (530) 206-0392. You can also request a dental consultation online. If you are unsure which treatment is best for your crooked teeth, we’re here to help. We will examine your smile and consider your goals to find the best treatment to fix your crooked teeth.