Straightening crooked and misaligned teeth is often a preventative measure to interrupt the development of further dental problems. Because it is difficult to clean between crooked teeth, plaque can easily build up in hard-to-reach spaces. Scheduling regular dental visits and maintaining your oral health at home can help. However, some patients who have misaligned teeth are prone to teeth clenching and grinding.
Straightening misaligned teeth can stop jaw pain and tooth wear caused by bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding. Dr. Ned Greenberg offers treatments for this dental concern to enhance the aesthetics of patient’s smiles and provide a more balanced and healthy bite.
Preventative Care: screening for malocclusion
In a child’s early development, common oral habits such as thumb sucking and using a pacifier can often contribute to malocclusion later on in life. Jaw development and overcrowded teeth are also major factors in developing misaligned teeth. It is important to treat crooked teeth early on to avoid future oral health problems related to the comfort and appearance of your smile.
During regular dental appointments, Dr. Greenberg will examine your child’s teeth and our dental hygienists will clean their teeth to prevent problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. We will monitor the development of a growing child’s teeth and can make recommendations when needed for an orthodontic evaluation. Scheduling these appointments can prevent dental problems caused by crooked teeth.
Straightening Teeth: treatment options
Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and tooth bonding are used to realign teeth or enhance the appearance of your teeth. Learn more about each of these solutions:
Invisalign: These clear aligners gradually straighten crooked teeth over time. Invisalign aligners are removable and do not require dietary restrictions. They allow patients to clean their teeth more easily and thoroughly than traditional metal braces.
Porcelain Veneers: Dental veneers crafted from porcelain are great for patients who want a natural-looking cosmetic treatment. Veneers cover the front of teeth and improve the look of your natural teeth
Dental Bonding: Like dental veneers, tooth bonding can enhance the look of slight tooth misalignment. Dental bonding uses a resin that is shaped to change the shape and size of teeth. The resin is then “bonded” to teeth when cured with a special light. We can also color-match the resin to your natural teeth.