Crooked Teeth

Do you have teeth that overlap, twist or protrude?
Effects & Causes

Some of the symptoms of crooked teeth are:

  • A gap or space between your teeth
  • Teeth that are crowded or overlapping
  • Teeth that are tilted or rotated
  • Teeth that stick out or are pushed back
  • A mismatched bite (overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite)
  • Difficulty cleaning your teeth and gums
  • Pain or discomfort in your jaw or teeth
  • Trouble speaking or pronouncing certain sounds
  • Unhappy with your appearance or smile

Some of the causes of crooked teeth are:

  • Genetics: You may inherit the size and shape of your jaw and teeth from your parents, which can affect how your teeth fit together. If you have a small jaw or large teeth, you may have less space for your teeth to grow in a straight line.
  • Habits: Certain habits that put pressure on your teeth or jaw can cause them to shift or move out of place. These include thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, mouth breathing, nail biting, or chewing on pencils.
  • Injuries: Trauma to your mouth or face can damage your teeth or jaw and cause them to become crooked. This can happen due to accidents, falls, sports, violence, or biting on hard objects
  • Poor dental care: Neglecting your oral hygiene can lead to plaque buildup, tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. These can weaken your teeth and gums and make them more prone to shifting or moving.

What we can do

Some of the solutions for crooked teeth are:

  • Metal braces: Metal braces are the most traditional and common way to straighten crooked teeth. They consist of metal brackets that are attached to each tooth and connected by wires and rubber bands. They apply gentle pressure on your teeth to gradually move them into the desired position. Metal braces are suitable for most cases of crooked teeth and can correct a wide range of issues.
  • Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces, except that they use tooth-colored or clear brackets and wires that blend in with your natural teeth. They are less noticeable than metal braces and can also effectively straighten crooked teeth. However, they may be more expensive and prone to staining than metal braces.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign is a modern and discreet way to straighten crooked teeth. It uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth. You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks and then switch to the next set until your teeth reach the final position. Invisalign is removable, comfortable, and virtually invisible. It can treat mild to moderate cases of crooked teeth.

Crooked teeth are not only a cosmetic issue but also a health issue. They can affect your oral health, your general health, and your quality of life. Therefore, it is important to seek professional help from your dentist as soon as possible if you have crooked teeth. Your dentist will examine your mouth and recommend the best solution for your situation. At Polygems Dental Care, we offer metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign as options for teeth straightening. Contact us today to book an appointment or to find out more about our services. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile!

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