Crooked teeth are a common concern for many of our patients at Valley Dental Health. While we understand that crooked teeth can be embarrassing and present as a major cosmetic concern, we want patients to know that crooked teeth can also impact their oral health. Crooked teeth can affect your oral hygiene as well as the health and function of your bite. Hunt Valley, MD dentists Dr. Ashley Izadi and Roham Rafat offer a wide range of treatment options for correcting crooked teeth, reducing the risk of further damage to your teeth and gums.
Concerns About Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth make it difficult to properly clean all surfaces of the affected teeth. Patients with crooked teeth are more susceptible to developing tooth decay and even gum disease. When teeth are not thoroughly cleaned, bacteria can begin to develop causing tooth decay, infection and periodontal disease.
Crooked teeth can also negatively impact the function and comfort of the bite. Many patients with crooked teeth experience TMJ related pain symptoms. TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a chronic pain disorder caused by an irregular bite or trauma to the jaw joint.
Treating Crooked Teeth
Our Hunt Valley, MD dentist office provides comprehensive and personalized treatment plans to straighten crooked teeth. Through comprehensive planning and state of the art dental technology, our dentists can provide treatment for most patients with crooked teeth. In more complex cases, we may refer patients to an orthodontist for optimal treatment. Treatment will vary depending on planets personal concerns, cosmetic goals, and overall oral health.
Treatment Options for Crooked Teeth
- Invisalign: Invisalign is an effective and discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. Using state of the art 3-D imaging, a series of clear aligners will be designed and worn to gradually straighten teeth.
- Dental Veneers:: For crooked teeth that only present a cosmetic concern, dental veneers can be used to correct the appearance of the smile. Dental veneers are made from high-quality ceramic and are permanently adhered to the front and sides of the tooth.
- Dental Crowns: Dental crowns cover the entire tooth like a cap. Our dentists use dental crowns in cases where there are also concerns with the health and/or stability of the tooth, such as cavities, tooth wear or broken teeth.
- Cosmetic Bonding: Cosmetic bonding is an excellent option for improving the appearance of crooked teeth. Applied directly to the tooth, this procedure is quick and cost effective for treating crooked teeth.