How to fix misaligned front teeth?
Vietnamese have always believed that good hair and teeth will make you look better. Since the ancient days, people have paid special attention to dental health.
But what if, for some reason, your front teeth are misaligned? What are the best ways to fix this problem regarding time, cost, and effectiveness?
How harmful is front teeth misalignment?
Although misaligned front teeth seem to be just a minor flaw, if left untreated, it can have severe consequences on your health:
- Inaccurate bite, resulting in impaired eating and chewing functions
- Pronunciation problems that interfere with communication
- Unsightly appearance - your smile becomes less confident due to crooked teeth
- Increased risk of oral diseases such as cavities, gum inflammation, periodontitis, bad breath, etc.
How many types of front teeth misalignment are there?
There are several types of front teeth misalignment. Common ones include:
- Butterfly-shaped front teeth (V-shape misalignment): The front teeth are angled compared to adjacent teeth. The inner edges (where the two front teeth meet) form a V shape.
- Crowding problems (due to too many or too few teeth): the front teeth either protrude or are pushed inside.
- Leaning front teeth: instead of growing vertically, the front teeth lean sideways.
- Protruding front teeth: The roots or parts of the roots still remain with the arch but the crowns are bigger and protrude outside of the arch.
What are the most effective dental procedures to manage front teeth misalignment?
Thanks to the significant advancements in dental technology, many procedures can help treat misaligned front teeth effectively. However, each comes with its own pros and cons.
1. Dental braces for cosmetic purposes
With braces, your dentist will use dental tools and brackets to move the misaligned front teeth back to their rightful places on the arch. Generally, this procedure is quite effective and doesn’t affect much of the tissues and jawbones.
However, many people are concerned about the treatment time and cost when it comes to dental braces since they are known to be expensive and time-consuming, from 1.5 to 3 years. Additionally, this procedure can also adjust the positions of the teeth, not their size. Therefore, if your front teeth are too big or too long, dental braces won’t be able to help much.
2. Porcelain crowns
Besides dental braces, porcelain crowns are also a common choice of those who want to improve problems such as misalignment, overbite, underbite, etc. For this treatment, your dentist will file down the misaligned teeth, then place a porcelain crown on each to make your teeth look more cosmetically elegant.
These days, dental crowns are preferred as they cost less than dental braces and tooth extraction isn’t required. Furthermore, treatment time isn’t too long either, only from 7 - 10 days.
However, it’s worth mentioning that in order to place a porcelain crown on top of a real tooth, the tooth needs to be filed down. This may damage the pulp and affect the longevity of your tooth.
Both dental braces and porcelain crowns have their own pros and cons. To get the best out of the procedure and avoid unwanted complications, it’s best to find a reputable clinic equipped with advanced dental instruments and highly experienced dentists. Hopefully, this article has given you some useful information to help you pick the right dental procedure that can give you the most beautiful, confident smile.