More than causing cosmetic concerns, crooked teeth have the potential to lead to serious health problems including tooth decay and periodontal disease. Crooked teeth make brushing and flossing a challenge, allowing food, debris and plaque to build up between teeth. Even with daily care and routine visits to the dentist, this build up can cause tooth enamel to wear away and irritate the sensitive gum tissue.
Straightening teeth with orthodontics
The most common method for fixing crooked teeth is through orthodontic treatment. This can be achieved either through metal braces or clear braces. Most adult patients prefer to use invisible braces to straighten teeth. Dr.Golalic is certified Invisalign dentist. Invisalign is the number one requested brand of invisible braces in the United States.
Invisible braces are well suited for patients who have mild to moderate alignment problems. The benefits of invisible braces vs metal braces including:
- Effective treatment for a wide variety of alignment problems including: crowding, spacing, overbite and underbite
- Removable trays allow you to eat whatever you want while brushing and flossing normally
- Smooth plastic instead of sharp metal means more comfortable treatment
Straightening teeth without orthodontics
For patients who want to straighten teeth without braces health considerations are first evaluated. If the condition of temporomandibular joint and occlusion allows teeth can be straightened without braces using cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain veneers cover the front and sides of teeth and can be used to correct minor problems in tooth alignment. Dental crowns cover the entire tooth and are well suited for teeth that may have more significant alignment issues.