Crooked teeth can easily ruin a perfect smile. In most cases, some crookedness or misalignment in teeth do not cause problems with biting. However, in severe cases, crooked teeth can affect your bite, appearance of smile, and may cause “overcrowding” issues that affect nearby teeth. For these reasons, you may want to get those teeth looked at by a dentist.
There are plenty of options available these days to fix crooked teeth. Your dentist would highly recommend you to seek a treatment if the condition is severe. In other cases, your dentist may recommend options that alter the appearance of teeth without requiring any invasive treatments.
Here is a list of the most popular options for making crooked teeth look and feel better in Australia:
Orthodontic braces are the traditional treatment for crooked teeth. Nowadays, your dentist may recommend this option if your crooked teeth affect your bite or bear down on nearby teeth. Braces are wire brackets that exert a gentle pressure on teeth to correct course. These can pull back protruding teeth or get crooked teeth back into position. There are alternatives to braces that orthodontic treatment Yarraville dentists can recommend. However, if your crooked teeth problem is rather severe, braces may be the only available option for you.
Clear aligners are transparent trays that you can wear over your teeth. You may have heard of these under the brand name Invisalign. Clear aligners work very much like braces. However, these are only recommended for mild conditions to straighten teeth. Adults prefer Invisalign treatment because it essentially allows you to wear mild braces without showing any unsightly wires. Invisalign treatment doesn’t have to last long either. However, you may have to wear the trays for as long as 22 hours per day. The trays are removable, so it’s much more convenient to wear than braces.
Dental Veneers and Lumineers
Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment often peddled by celebrities to making teeth appear whiter. If your crooked teeth issue is primarily aesthetic, you can get veneers to make your teeth appear straighter and normal. Unlike braces or aligners, veneers do not actually fix crooked teeth. They just make them appear better.
A dental veneer is a thin shell made out of porcelain. A lumineer is a much thinner version of a veneer. A dentist first examines your teeth and takes x-rays and photos to design the veneers to match your teeth. Then, the veneers are pasted on to the surface of the crooked teeth. You may have to wait a day or two for the veneers to bind to the tooth. After that, they become pretty much permanent.
Like veneers, dental crowns alter the appearance of your teeth. Unlike braces, they do not try to fix crookedness of a tooth. On the plus side, unlike braces or veneers, a dental crown can protect a tooth, especially against cavities.
A dental crown is a like a cap that is placed over your natural tooth. The cap can be made from several different material, from metals like gold to porcelain. These days most patients choose material like porcelain that can mimic the appearance of natural tooth.