A: Of course it can. It can fix crooked teeth in as easy as two appointments. The first appointment we prep for veneers, and the second appointment we place the veneer porcelains on and you have a brand new smile!
Are People Born With Perfect Smiles?
When you see actors on TV, or in movies and in entertainment magazines you may wonder how many of these celebrities have picture perfect smiles. Are they born that way— pearly white teeth, evenly sized, positioned just perfectly straight with no abnormalities?
Chances are, they had some type of cosmetic procedure done to literally recreate their smile to a custom designed alignment and color that is photogenic and pristine. The fact is being born with a perfectly straight, pearly white, and perfectly shaped set of teeth with no anomalies is extremely rare. We’re no statisticians (and let’s face it 66% of statistics are made up on the spot ?), but we are willing to bet that the percentage of people worldwide, born with a perfect smile is less than 1%. That’s just based on our extensive experience with dental studies and dental anthropology.
Reality Bites—But That Doesn’t Have To Be A Bad Thing
The reality is that crooked teeth, misaligned bites such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites are actually quite common. In fact, many famous people throughout history have had crooked teeth or misaligned bites—some, like Freddy Mercury, lead singer of Queen, even used them to their advantage, so there is nothing you should feel ashamed of.
- Morgan Freeman, actor, Shawshank Redemption – Crossbite
- Anna Kendrick, actress, Pitch Perfect – Overbite
- Michelle Obama, former First Lady – Underbite
- Gwen Stefani, Singer – Crooked Teeth
- You might be surprised to know that “smile shame” is a very real emotional struggle for many people who suffer from bites that range from slightly misaligned to severe misalignments that actually cause pain and abnormal chewing and swallowing. Crooked teeth as well can cause a stigma within a person and prevent them from smiling. Aside from superficial problems, crooked teeth and misaligned bites in some cases can cause very serious physical problems such as:
- Impeding proper chewing which affects digestion.
- Difficulty cleaning teeth which can lead to tooth decay, gingivitis, and chronic halitosis.
- Putting an excess strain on the teeth, muscle, and jawbone which can lead to a broken or chipped tooth.
Due to the physical problems that can be detrimental to overall health not just self-esteem patients always call Best Dental in Richmond to ask if cosmetic dentistry can fix crooked teeth. As already covered by Dr. Naderi, the answer is yes—but the treatment used is determined by the root problem causing the crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, as well as the severity of the condition.
What Causes Crooked Teeth Or Misaligned Bites And Can I Prevent It?
There’s no one dominant reason that people develop crooked, crowded, misaligned or twisted teeth. At Best Dental in Richmond, we have treated many cases like these with great success, and we can confidently break the causes down into four main root problems.
This is by far the most common cause of misaligned bites and crooked teeth. It’s something we have no control over much like the way we don’t choose our hair or eye color. Your dental tendencies and teeth characteristics are inherited from your parents, and their parents and so on.
One of the most frequent dental traits inherited by patients we see that causes crooked teeth is mouth size. If you’re born with a mouth that is too small to house all your teeth, then it causes all of the teeth to shift out of position which can have a domino-like effect on the teeth, with some shifting behind each other.
When it comes to misaligned bites the issue is actually a misaligned jawbone which can cause over and underbites and other unnatural alignments that can cause problems.
Sometimes crooked teeth or misaligned bites can develop due to bad habits we engage in—often without even realizing it. For example, if infants or toddlers suck their thumb or a pacifier too much and beyond infancy, this can lead to the development of crooked teeth later on in life.
There are also other unconscious things we do that can cause misalignment to the jaw and teeth. Things like mouth breathing, reverse swallowing, and thrusting the tongue habitually, can cause a host of dental issues. At Best Dental in Richmond, we usually use medical dental devices to help curb these habits.
Dental trauma, such as a broken jaw or teeth getting knocked out, can move your teeth out of place. In fact, one of the most typical causes of severely crooked teeth is dental trauma. When you lose your teeth or your jaw shifts out of alignment, your other teeth shift over time to compensate for the lost space in an attempt to fill the gap. Unfortunately, this also means that they usually don’t compensate properly and get out of alignment. It is very important to seek orthodontic treatment for dental traumas as soon as possible because the harm can be done much more quickly than from natural genetics.
Losing Baby Teeth Prematurely
Permanent teeth actually sit just under your baby teeth as they develop. Baby teeth protect the development of permanent teeth and also teach you how to chew and use your teeth before the permanent teeth come in. Your permanent teeth are also directly dependent on the health of baby teeth. If you lose those baby teeth prematurely due to trauma, genetics, decay, or other issues, your permanent teeth will shift when they come through the gums causing a bite issue or crooked teeth. Since baby teeth are like the guides that make sure your permanent teeth come in properly, healthy baby teeth are an absolute must. If you don’t maintain your child’s baby teeth, oral bacteria can build up and penetrate the permanent teeth before they even get a chance to erupt from the gum surface—so the tooth will erupt already decaying.
How To Tell If You Have Crooked Teeth Or A Misaligned Bite
Crooked teeth may be pretty obvious to see but a misaligned bite might also be the cause of your crooked teeth and that can be sometimes harder to diagnose if you don’t know what to look for. Either way, Best Dental in Richmond can get you in for a consultation and determine the most appropriate corrective action. When you come in, Dr. Naderi will look for the following symptoms:
- Deviation in the alignment of the teeth
- Malformation in facial appearance
- Trouble or pain when chewing or biting down
- Speech impediments such as a lisp
What Testing Or Imaging Will Need To Be Done?
Dr. Naderi will usually get imaging of your teeth and face to get a clear picture of what’s going on. You can also expect an impression of your teeth so better determine the treatment path to take in order to correct the condition. X-rays give extra information on the positioning of the root which we cannot see as well as any problems that may be lying beneath the gumline. We may also do a few headshots and profile pics to closely see the relation between your condition, your teeth, the jawbone, and your head. This, coupled with the impressions, which are done by you biting down into a soft pliable material that leaves an exact imprint of your bite, really help us get the full idea of what’s at hand. (WebMD)
What Treatments Are Used To Fix A Misaligned Bite?
The severity of the misalignment really determines the level of complexity of the treatment offered. Most treatments, however, are usually minimally invasive such as an Upper Jaw Expander or Braces. However more severe bites may require jaw surgery to correct the alignment.
What Treatments Are Used To Fix Crooked Teeth?
If your teeth are just slightly crooked or your bite is just slightly misaligned and not severely deformed, most problems can be corrected with basic dental aligners such as Invisalign, or traditional braces if it’s a little more pronounced. Another great option for teeth that are only slightly crooked, is porcelain veneers. These custom-fit devices are thin porcelain shells go over the teeth and while they don’t actually remedy the problem, they do hide it, so keep that in mind if you’re wanting the actual problem corrected or just don’t want it to be seen.
Get Your Best Smile At Best Dental!
Whatever you’re dealing with you can trust Best Dental in Richmond with your dental care and smile makeover. Whether it’s crooked teeth or an abnormal bite, we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted and deserve. Contact us today!