Treatment for a Twisted Tooth: Straighten Your Smile
By Dr. Silvers on June 01, 2018
Twisted teeth can lead to a number of cosmetic issues as well as dental health problems. Thankfully, the team at our Harrisburg, PA cosmetic dentistry center offers a whole host of treatments to address problems with misaligned or poorly positioned teeth.
Let’s take a moment to consider the reasons why twisted teeth need to be corrected. We’ll then consider four effective and popular treatments for teeth that are improperly rotated. As you’ll see, the severity of the tooth rotation will determine the best approach to treatment.
Problems Caused by Twisted Teeth
In terms of the appearance of your smile, twisted teeth can leave you feeling quite self-conscious. Even a slightly rotated tooth can make a person hesitant to smile when laughing, smiling, or speaking, even around people they have known for years. For people who are in careers that involve a lot of public interaction, a twisted tooth can negatively impact job performance.
In terms of your dental health, a twisted tooth can lead to discomfort when biting and chewing. The rotated tooth can also contribute to teeth grinding (bruxism), which may result in tooth damage, gum recession, and even a TMJ disorder.
For minor twists that are cosmetic in nature, your best option for treatment could be the use of porcelain veneers. A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of dental ceramic that is affixed to the front of your tooth. With the veneer in place, the tooth looks straight, perfectly sized, symmetrical, and pristine. For multiple twisted or crooked teeth, multiple veneers can be used to achieve a perfect smile.
Tooth-Colored Dental Crowns
For more serious twisted tooth issues that are still predominantly cosmetic in nature, a tooth-colored dental crown may be the ideal solution. A dental crown is a cap placed on a tooth, usually for restorative measures. In this case, a twisted tooth has enamel removed and a tooth-colored crown is placed on the twisted tooth. This crown will be perfectly straight, making it seem as if the tooth was never twisted in the first place.
Braces and Traditional Orthodontics
When the twisted tooth causes dental health problems and cannot be treated through cosmetic means, traditional orthodontic care is the right option to consider. Braces will help apply careful pressure to the twisted tooth, rotating the tooth to ensure it’s properly positioned. The force can be exerted on different teeth to help improve the overall health and beauty of your smile.
Instead of traditional braces, some patents may opt for Invisalign® treatment. This orthodontic system relies on clear plastic aligner trays rather than the brackets and wires of braces. Convenient and hard to detect, many people refer to Invisalign® as invisible orthodontics. Even better, the Invisalign® aligners are easy to remove, meaning that you can eat your favorite foods without any hassles.
Contact Silvers Family Dental Care
For more information about treating twisted teeth and helping your smile look its very best, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. We will discuss all of your treatment options in greater detail and help you undergo the right procedures for your needs.
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