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Orthodontic Care for Crooked Teeth
There are millions of people in the world dealing with crooked teeth. While it may not seem like a serious health concern, it certainly has a significant impact on one's appearance. Crooked teeth make adults self-conscious of their smile and may cause self-esteem issues in adolescents. In most cases, single or multiple misplaced teeth attract attention and make your smile awkward and misplaced.
Crooked teeth modify your bite, resulting in unnecessary force on healthy teeth. If neglected, dental erosion, cracked teeth or TMJ disorder may occur. Also, crooked teeth are harder to clean and may end up collecting bacteria.
The point is this: The condition affects our lifestyle and can be burdensome to live with. If you are tired of your crooked teeth, then you should seek orthodontic care.
Causes of crooked teeth
Below are some of the most common reasons for crooked teeth:
- Genetics – it is possible to inherit the issue from parents
- •Missing teeth – untimely loss of the teeth can cause other teeth to shift out of place
- Ill-fitting dental restorations – poorly done crowns and bridges may put pressure on other teeth
- Gum diseases
- Thumb sucking
First, a dentist or orthodontist will examine the state of your teeth and predict their development without orthodontic care. He or she will proceed to review your entire medical and dental records, perform X-rays of the jaw and teeth and do a clinical examination. After a scan of the oral structure, the dentist or orthodontist will be able to design or recommend a unique method of treatment for the patient. This is to ensure your satisfaction at the end of the procedure.
These are usually used to treat crooked teeth when precision is essential. While the patient may be able to eat normally with the device, they must avoid certain foods and drinks. Fixed appliances include braces, fixed space maintainers or special fixed devices, which are only used in exceptional cases.
In contrast to fixed appliances, patients can take out removable devices when they want. However, they should be removed only when brushing, flossing or eating. We also recommend that you remove them during sports or when playing musical instruments.
Removable devices include retainers, splints, aligners (such as Invisalign), lip and cheek bumpers, palatal expanders or in rare situations, headgear.
The treatment procedure
Once you seek treatment, the dentist or orthodontist will do the following:
- Examine and diagnose the extent of the situation
- Address the cause(s) or outline the state of the issue
- Create a treatment process specially designed for the patient’s needs
- Inform the patient of the nature of the condition and the treatment process
- Commence the treatment plan
If you have questions about the orthodontic process, you can reach out to us for more details. We will be pleased to attend to your concerns and help you get the beautiful smile you have always wanted.
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