Treatment Options for a Twisted Tooth

Jul 14, 2017 @ 03:45 PM — by Neil L. Starr, DDS

A woman smiling outsideWe want every patient who comes to our Washington, DC cosmetic dentistry practice to have a healthy and beautiful smile. Crooked teeth can pose a challenge to these goals, but it's not an insurmountable challenge. We have plenty of ways to enhance people's smiles.

We'd like to consider how a twisted or crooked tooth affects dental health, and then go over some effective treatments that can help people smile with renewed confidence.

Problems Caused by a Twisted Tooth

A twisted tooth can cause many kinds of problems that affect your smile.

A twisted tooth can have a negative impact on your dental health. Biting and chewing might become difficult, even painful, which means even your favorite meals may pose a problem to your daily life. In addition, just one twisted tooth can increase the risk of teeth grinding (bruxism), which does damage to the teeth, gums, and jaw joint.

A twisted tooth can also have a negative impact on smile aesthetics. A twisted tooth could make you reluctant to smile or laugh around others, even close friends.

Obviously these problems are much worse if you have multiple twisted teeth rather than just one.

Porcelain Veneers for Twisted Teeth

If your twisted tooth or teeth are only a cosmetic problem, then porcelain veneers may be the right solution for you. A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of dental ceramic that is fixed to the front of a tooth. When in place, a porcelain veneer makes your tooth look straight and pristine. Thanks to the look of the material, the veneer blends in with your natural tooth and adjacent teeth.

Orthodontics for Twisted Teeth

When twisted teeth are causing more than just aesthetic issues, orthodontic care becomes the most ideal treatment option. This means the use of braces and other advanced procedures to help shift the position of the teeth. This is accomplished through the careful and steady application of pressure over several months. At the end of orthodontic treatment, patients will be able to bite, chew, and smile with straight teeth.

Orthodontic procedures are generally easier to perform on younger patients since they are still growing and maturing. Adult orthodontics is still effective, though treatment times are often longer.

Advanced Procedures for Twisted Teeth

Sometimes a patient's dental alignment issues are very complicated. If these problems are related to periodontal disease or issues with the shape of the jawbone, oral surgery and other more advanced treatments must be considered. These types of advanced treatments will be tailored to the needs of the patient in order to correct these matters and improve overall dental alignment and wellness.

What Treatment Option Is Right for Me?

The ideal way to learn more about all of your treatment options is to schedule a consultation at our practice. During your visit, we will carefully assess your situation and discuss all of the ideal treatments available. We can then develop a custom treatment plan and answer your questions as they arise.

Learn More About Treatments for Twisted Teeth

For more information about your dental treatment options for twisted and crooked teeth, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We look forward to your visit and discussing your dental health concerns in much greater detail.

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