Invisalign Forest Hill & Dulwich
Crooked teeth and how to fix crooked teeth
Crooked teeth problems are among the most common reasons people seek Invisalign treatment.
Whether you want to straighten one crooked tooth or address a misaligned bite, we look at how to fix crooked teeth so you can move forward in life with a healthy, confident smile with the help of our Invisalign dentist in Forest Hill and Dulwich.
What are crooked teeth?
Crooked teeth incorrectly fit into a patient’s dental arch and may appear rotated, twisted, or out of place anywhere in the mouth. Some of our patients have one crooked front tooth, while others have highly crooked teeth top and bottom. Crooked teeth are often associated with malocclusion, which is a misalignment between the upper and lower bite. Common malocclusions include teeth crowding, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Crooked teeth symptoms and complications
More than simply a cosmetic issue, people with crooked teeth may experience various symptoms and complications that affect their oral and general health. Check out these six health problems that crooked teeth can cause:
- Gum disease
Crooked teeth can result in deep pockets in the gums, which allow bacteria to creep in.
For some, crooked teeth can cause self-esteem or social issues, reducing confidence in their smile.
- Daily teeth cleaning
People with crooked teeth can find it harder to floss and brush between their teeth, increasing the risk of bad breath and gingivitis.
- Chewing difficulties
Crooked teeth as a result of a misaligned bite may make chewing uncomfortable.
- Teeth wear
Tooth decay and breakage are symptoms where the misaligned bite erodes the teeth’ enamel.
- Healthy mouth, healthy body
Research has shown that those with gum disease have an increased risk of other health issues, particularly when combined with other risk factors such as smoking or a poor diet.
How to fix crooked teeth
The best way to fix crooked teeth is to start by finding a qualified doctor who can recommend the proper treatment process for you. Available treatment methods may depend on the underlying cause of your crooked teeth as well as your age, lifestyle, and the treatment cost versus your budget.
Available crooked teeth treatment methods
Traditional braces vs the Invisalign system
Some cases require expert treatment to correct the misaligned jaw or bite causing the crooked teeth. Invisalign clear aligners are a popular choice, offering many advantages over traditional metal braces.
Can bonding fix crooked teeth?
Bonding (using tooth-coloured resin) could be a suitable treatment if your problem is a minor one. However, it’s generally not as strong or long-lasting as other treatments to fix crooked teeth.
Veneers for crooked teeth
Using tooth-coloured porcelain veneers or crowns to fix crooked teeth is available if you have slightly twisted teeth. They’re not always suitable if your teeth are highly crooked or your bite needs correction.
Removable plates to fix crooked teeth
Removable plates provide limited crooked teeth correction capabilities for children with baby teeth. Once adult teeth erupt, the child will likely need additional crooked teeth repair with a treatment such as Invisalign clear aligners.
Can Invisalign treatment fix crooked teeth?
Whether you need Invisalign treatment for one crooked tooth or correct your bite, our unique treatment process at London Dental Arts Clinic can be highly effective for crooked teeth repair. As well as being virtually invisible, Invisalign clear aligners could also provide additional treatment, health, and lifestyle benefits, including:
- an indication of your treatment length using your individually-mapped crooked teeth digital treatment plan
- a similar crooked teeth treatment cost to braces at some practices
- no restrictions on eating or drinking thanks to the removable aligners
- freedom to remove your aligners to brush and floss for better oral health
- the crooked teeth repair results you want with less pain than traditional braces
- fewer dentist visits compared to braces.