A confident smile is a great trademark for anyone, but crooked teeth affect more than how you look. Whether an under-bite, over-bite or cross-bite, when teeth don’t line up, it’s not quite right.
Why are my teeth crooked?
Crooked teeth are generally just down to family genetics. Narrow palates, overcrowding or small jawlines are typical causes. The good news is you can use braces to get your smile back on a straight track.
What’s wrong with crooked teeth?
Crooked teeth can affect their function. If they don’t line up correctly, they can get worn down and damaged far earlier. Severe orthodontic issues may create aches and pains in other parts of the body due to additional stress to the jaw muscles.
Correcting teeth position and smile shape can also affect:
- how you bite and chew
- lifespan of the tooth
- prevent headaches and neck pain
- relax TMJ (temporomandibular joint) for people with jaw disorders
When can a child start orthodontic treatment?
Thankfully, orthodontic treatment is an effective solution to treat alignment issues and can start at any stage of life. It’s easier to readjusting teeth when the patient is young and jawlines can be gently adjusted, but there are plenty of orthodontic options for adults.
What’s involved in fixing a crooked smile?
Traditional metal and porcelain braces are the most common orthodontic approach for young children, but adults are now provided with the option of clear aligner technology, Invisalign and Clear Correct.
How does Invisalign and Clear Correct work?
If you don’t want obvious braces, then Invisalign and Clear Correct are a great orthodontic option. They use clear plastic teeth moulds, which can be removed, to realign crooked teeth.
Only your dentist will be able to recommend what’s best for you, so be sure to book in an appointment today to help that smile improve, brightening up something else in your life.