Crooked teeth are largely due to genetics – so there is not much a person can do to prevent them. The good news is that there are remedies to help straighten and correct crooked teeth, which we provide here at Hove Dental.  

In some cases, crooked teeth can also occur after an injury such as a fall – and although a person can take steps to reduce the chances of an injury occurring, sometimes accidents are simply unavoidable.

Crooked teeth can become visible on the front teeth or bottom teeth of kids and adults. A child’s teeth are still developing and there is normally no need to fix any crooked teeth that will eventually fall out. 

However, in young adult and adult age groups, crooked teeth can lead to the following potentially serious dental issues:

  • Tooth decay: Crooked tooth positions can cause bacteria to collect around teeth and gums. Treatments to fix crooked teeth help prevent tooth decay by managing the bacteria that collects around a crooked or twisted tooth.
  • Gum disease: Bacterial problems from Crooked teeth can easily affect the gums, causing gum disease. Fixing crooked teeth will help you avoid gum disease symptoms of redness, swelling, and bleeding gums while brushing.
  • Bad bite: A bad bite, which dentists call a malocclusion, is when your teeth are unable to connect properly due to a problem with the teeth or jaw. Fixing crooked teeth can stop you from developing overbite or underbite.

Due to the lack of protection, you will see that you have to deal with increased bacterial problems if you have crooked teeth – so you may find you are heading to the dentist quite frequently, either for cleaning or for testing on the above issues.

The appearance of crooked teeth can be a problem for some people too. If you are nervous about visiting a dentist but would like to fix your crooked teeth we offer specialist services in the Brighton and Hove area – get in touch to learn more.

What Are the Treatments for Crooked Teeth?

Treatments centre on gradually straightening the crooked teeth to the point that the teeth will no longer cause a problem. Sometimes people get scared of the dentist or undergoing dental treatment. However, in otherwise healthy crooked teeth, treatments will not cause any pain beyond some mild discomfort.

There are several key treatments for teeth straightening including the following:

  • Clear braces: A notable treatment for crooked teeth is using clear braces, which allow you to fix crooked teeth in a very fast and almost invisible way. It works by creating a clear plastic aligner using 3D CAD-CAM technology, which only requires a digital scanner briefly placed in the mouth to do.
  • Fixed braces: Another treatment for crooked teeth is fixed braces, which uses metal tracks and a composite bonding resin. Metal braces are used with brackets that attach to the wire, which gently pulls the teeth and moves them into a straight position over time.
  • Veneers: In the most extreme cases, such as those with severe tooth twisting occurring alongside other problems (including a severe injury or extensive tooth decay) a veneer is the best option. Veneers involve restoring a tooth by capping it with metal, composite resin or porcelain veneers.
Train Track Braces

Clear braces can fit over the top and bottom teeth and there are versions for both kids and adults. For severe cases of crooked teeth or for crooked teeth that also have significant damage it might only be possible to have fixed braces – as this is the preferred method for straightening more severely crooked teeth.

Alternatively, if you just have mildly crooked teeth you could opt for another cosmetic dentistry treatment – such as teeth whitening, which will help to improve the appearance of your crooked teeth – but not to straighten them.

What is the Best Treatment for Crooked Teeth?

Your dentist will assess your teeth and suggest the most suitable method. There is no best form of braces objectively speaking, but below are a few considerations that might persuade or dissuade you from the options available:

  • Cost: Dental clinics charge more for the newer, more sophisticated clear braces – as it uses innovative technology that requires powerful computers, expensive specialist devices and advanced 3D imaging software.
  • Appearance: Some people just do not like how metal braces look, particularly if you are getting braces in school-age years where the impact of such a change in your appearance can be more difficult to deal with.
  • Timeframe: You can straighten teeth faster with some treatments, notably when you get veneers, so the amount of time spent living with a treatment option is a factor in deciding on how to proceed for many patients.

For some people, treatment may not be much more than a cosmetic desire for straight teeth, and many people choose to live with slightly crooked teeth that are not causing a problem. Psychological counselling can also help self-image issues.

Book an Appointment to Fix Crooked Teeth in Brighton and Hove

We can provide effective treatments for kids and adults to fix crooked teeth – and you will marvel at our professionalism and expertise when you visit us. You can benefit from our excellent range of treatment options, which allow us to work with you and find the perfect solution for your crooked teeth.

If you want to fix crooked bottom or top teeth and get better oral health you need a premier service from a well-equipped dental practice. Our clinic in the Brighton and Hove areas is state of the art and our team will make even the most nervous patients comfortable. Please feel free to get in touch to book an appointment.

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