Misaligned teeth are a common problem regularly seen in children, teens and adults alike, but have you ever wondered how to fix crooked teeth and more importantly, why you really should?
Here’s everything you need to know starting with…
…What causes crooked teeth in the first place?
According to a survey carried out by Orthodontics Australia, approximately 62% of all Australians (15.5 million) would like to do something to fix their crooked smile. Problems surrounding crooked teeth can cause both confidence and oral health issues and can be triggered by several factors. These include:
- Poor repetitive behaviours – Repetitive behaviours when young such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and mouth breathing can cause baby teeth to move out of alignment which in turn can become a catalyst for crooked teeth later on in life.
- Genetics – Unsurprisingly, genetics can play a significant part as to whether a person suffers from crooked teeth. Research suggests that if one or more parents have had problems with teeth misalignment, there is a reasonably strong likelihood that this will be passed down through the generations.
- Diet – Anyone adopting a long-term soft-food diet will lack regular chewing ability. Over time non-exercise of the jaw can cause it to shorten. This, in turn, can lead to bite misalignment and eventually, crooked teeth.
- Injury – anyone suffering a substantial blow to the face may find themselves needing orthodontic treatment for teeth straightening.
- Missing tooth or teeth – When a tooth is missing, it acts like a falling domino effect as teeth start to drift towards the gap. Once one is out of alignment, the rest will start to follow resulting in a crooked or misaligned smile.
Of course, some people may not bother with attempting to straighten their teeth because after all, it isn’t uncomfortable and doesn’t really cause them any issues. However, there are very strong reasons why fixing crooked teeth should strongly be considered.
Why fix crooked teeth?
When teeth are straight, they are easy to reach with a toothbrush and equally easy to floss. In other words, they should be easy to maintain.
However, this all changes when teeth become misaligned because as spaces close, they can become hard to floss or reach properly with a toothbrush. This can lead to a build-up of plaque, which, in turn, can lead to gum disease, which, if not treated, will eventually lead to tooth loss.
In addition, crooked teeth can cause bite alignments that could lead to chewing difficulties. Digesting food over time that has been insufficiently chewed causes issues with your gut and eventually your long-term health.
So you see, not fixing crooked teeth can bring about problems that are far more severe than putting up with an uneven smile.
So how to fix crooked teeth? Your Options Explained
The good news is that there are multiple treatments that are often used to fix a misaligned smile. Treatment options are as follows…
Orthodontic treatment such as dental braces are nothing new and have been around for many years. The good news is that modern dental braces are far removed from their counterparts of old.
Nowadays, fixed braces can either be made from metal or ceramic depending upon how discreet you want to be about teeth straightening. And, on the whole, modern dental braces are sleeker, more lightweight and more comfortable in the mouth.
Teeth straightening starts with a series of stainless steel or tooth coloured brackets that are secured onto the front – or in the case of lingual braces – the back of the teeth. A series of arch-wires are then threaded through the brackets to provide the tension. As the arch-wires are tightened they apply gentle force to the teeth, moving them (and eventually) the tooth root to a more favourable position.
Those who don’t like the thought of wearing fixed dental braces for 24 hours a day, might want to consider clear aligners. These are removable clear trays that are worn over the teeth just like an invisible mouthguard. Ideal for those who are looking to straighten teeth with complete discretion, they provide both functionality and, because there are no brackets and arch-wires involved, comfort.
The downside of clear aligners is that typically they are only able to help with mild to moderate teeth alignment issues so if you do have more complex orthodontic needs, then fixed dental braces may be better suited.
Finally, when it comes to understanding how to fix crooked teeth you should know that there are also several cosmetic options like dental veneers and crowns. These treatments won’t fix the problem outright but will give the illusion of a straighter smile by covering over the problem. These are ideal if you have mild tooth misalignment and want a quick-fix solution.
So there you have it, whatever your treatment needs, it’s good to know that there is an orthodontic (teeth straightening) solution for you.
If you aren’t happy with your crooked smile, come and talk to the team at Randwick Smiles. We can set you on the path to a straighter, healthier smile using modern orthodontic techniques that suit both your needs and budget.
Why not book a smile consultation today! Call us now on (02) 9398 9398.