Many patients visit our office looking for cosmetic solutions to straighten their crooked, misaligned teeth. Crooked teeth cause more than just cosmetic concerns but also affect the overall function and health of your smile. Patients with crooked teeth are often more at risk for gum disease development and dental damage.
This is because your teeth are meant to work together when performing daily tasks such as chewing or speaking. As your trusted cosmetic dentist in Frederick, MD, our dental practice is happy to provide straightening solutions for mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. By straightening your smile, you are not only investing in bettering the appearance of your smile, but also in the longevity of your dental health.
Straightening Crooked Teeth in Frederick, MD
To help patients suffering from crooked, misaligned teeth, our dentists are happy to provide Invisalign solutions. Invisalign is a great alternative to patients looking to avoid the metallic aesthetics of traditional braces. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding crooked teeth and Invisalign:
Why are my teeth crooked?
There are many reasons one might develop crooked or misaligned teeth. Most people find that their crooked teeth are the result of their genetics. Additionally, if as a child you sucked your thumb or a pacifier often, this could also result in crooked teeth. Misalignment of the jaw following facial trauma is also common, as well as orthodontic relapse.
What are the benefits of straightening my crooked teeth?
When you straighten your teeth, you can look forward to an improved smile appearance which often leads to more confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, your teeth will be easier to keep clean during your daily oral hygiene routine because there will be no more large gaps or crevices for bacteria and food residue to hide between. If you experience jaw pain or tension headaches, straightening your smile may also help get rid of these symptoms or prevent them from occurring in the first place.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system of clear, plastic aligners that put pressure on your teeth while being worn and encourage your smile to shift into a straighter position. Invisalign is not only completely see-through while in use, but also removable. Patients prefer Invisalign to traditional braces because they do not have to worry about the dietary restrictions and oral hygiene risks that come with traditional braces.
What problems can crooked teeth cause?
Cracked teeth, jaw tension, temporomandibular joint disease, and persistent migraines can all come from crooked teeth. Crooked teeth cause excessive wear and tear on gums and jaw muscles. They may also cause difficulty speaking and enunciating certain sounds.
Are crooked teeth genetic?
Genetics may cause teeth to come in crooked. If parents have crooked teeth, it is much more likely that the child will develop them as well. Some of the most prevalent genetic factors that affect teeth are overbites, underbites, and misaligned jaws.
How common are crooked teeth?
Approximately, nine out of ten people have teeth that are maloccluded, or slightly crooked. 75 percent of us have wisdom teeth that do not have enough space to fully erupt. When your wisdom teeth begin to erupt and there is no space, it causes crowding and crooked teeth.
Do crooked teeth affect speech?
Crooked teeth sometimes cause problems with speech. Speaking issues can arise from a number of conditions, including overbite, gapped teeth, and crowding. Additionally, it can be difficult for people to understand you if your letter sounds are generally are incorrect, or you speak with a lisp. In many cases, correcting crooked teeth resolves speech impediments.
Can crooked teeth change the shape of my face?
Underbite, overbite, crooked teeth, and misaligned jaws are all factors that can affect the symmetry and form of your face. People tend to think that faces are more attractive when they are more symmetrical. The structure of the jawbone and length of your face are both preserved by the alignment of your teeth.