Crooked Teeth and What to do about them
At Museum Dental Suites we are often asked about crooked teeth. We offer high-end options from our team of dentists many of whom are involved in the teaching of other dentists in cutting edge techniques.
Having teeth that are crooked or gappy can lead to uneven smiles and can affect people, young and old. Whatever the age, crooked teeth can be something that affects confidence and makes us self-conscious. So what can we do about it?
What makes teeth crooked?
There are a lot of different reasons for teeth becoming cooked during the various stages we go through in life. These are some of the most common causes:
- Genetic links – It is very likely that if your parents had crooked teeth you will have too. Inheriting a small jaw can also make it more likely that your teeth will be crooked.
- Tooth grinding – tooth grinding that often happens at night can wear teeth down and lead to misalignment.
- Teeth missing – If you lose baby or adult teeth prematurely the positioning of the remaining teeth can be affected and teeth might move to fill any gaps.
- Ill fitting dental restorations – If restorations like bridges or crowns do not fit well, pressure can be put on other teeth and that will cause them to move and affect your smile (the way your teeth come together).
- Thumb-sucking – the habit of thumb sucking will put pressure on the teeth in the same way as a brace would and can force teeth out of alignment.
- Gum disease – If you have any problem caused by injury or disease to your gums your teeth will become loose and your bite and the alignment of your teeth may be affected.
- Getting older – As we get older teeth age too. This can often result in teeth drifting forward and crowding. The reason is that the jawbone, over the years, will loose density and change shape. The result is a tendency for the teeth to crowd forward in the mouth.
- Injuries - An injury to the face can lead to the teeth moving and becoming unaligned. That is why at we always advise our patients to wear a gum guard if they play any kind of high-risk sport.
- Failing to wear a prescribed retainer – For those patients having orthodontic treatment the crowding of teeth can be the result of not wearing retainers. It is also advisable always, to follow the advice of your orthodontist.
Some Solutions for crooked teeth
The good news is that whatever it is that has caused your crooked teeth Museum Dental Suites can offer a solution. With:
- Braces such as Invisalign, C-fast, clear and lingual braces. Braces now come in discreet forms that will ensure that no one knows you are even wearing them.
- Short term orthodontic treatment (7 months or even as little as 3-4 months)
- Adult braces
For those who wear retainers, wearing them according to your dentist’s advice should keep the problem of crooked teeth under control in the long term.
Costs for this treatment ranges from £1650 to £3900 plus retainers.
Contact us now for a consultation to find out how we can help you successfully overcome the problem of crooked teeth.