At the Southern Dental Implant Center, we offer a wide array of treatments to meet the diverse needs of our patients. This is why people throughout Memphis place their trust in us: they know that we can handle even the most complicated dental health matters.
In addition to implant dentistry, we offer restorative and cosmetic dentistry services that enhance the look and health of a smile. Since many patients come to our practice with crooked teeth and poorly aligned smiles, we'd like to consider some of the best options out there for treating malocclusion.
Cosmetic Problems Caused By Crooked Teeth
When you have teeth that are crooked, unevenly spaced, or poorly aligned, this can leave you feeling quite self-conscious about your smile. Crooked teeth can make you hesitant about smiling, laughing, and speaking, even around people whom you've known for years. In addition, crooked teeth can make winning first impressions harder.
Health Problems Associated with Crooked Teeth
There are numerous health issues related to crooked teeth. For one, crooked teeth can lead to teeth grinding (bruxism), which can cause serious issues with toothaches and even gum recession. It's not uncommon for TMJ disorders to arise from teeth grinding as well. In addition, crooked teeth have been known to cause speech impediments and problems eating certain foods.
Given the cosmetic and dental health issues involved, it's a good thing that there are many treatments out there for crooked teeth.
Orthodontic Treatment Options
Orthodontic case is one of the most common methods of addressing crooked teeth. The use of braces or a braces alternative such as Invisalign® will help reposition the teeth along the dental arch using controlled tension.
Orthodontic care is generally easier to implement and perform on patients who are younger, but there have been numerous successful cases of adult orthodontics as well. Overall treatment times for orthodontics can range from patient to patient, though most orthodontic patients achieve optimal results within a year.
Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Sometimes orthodontics is not necessary for crooked teeth that are predominantly cosmetic in nature. For aesthetic misalignments, the use of cosmetic and restorative dentistry may be ideal. In these cases, dentists will use dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and a host of other procedures to improve the overall appearance of a patient's existing teeth.
The exact combination of cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures varies from patient to patient and can be discussed in more detail as part of the consultation process.
Full Mouth Reconstructions for Crooked Teeth
When a patient has significant problems with tooth alignment, it may require a combination of orthodontic care, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry in order to improve the overall health and appearance of a patient's smile. In this case, patients undergo a comprehensive smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction.
In general, the orthodontic treatment will take place before any cosmetic or restorative adjustments are made. This is an ideal option for particularly complicated cases of malocclusion.
Speak with the Team at Southern Dental Implant Center
To learn more about treatments to straighten teeth and improve overall dental alignment, be sure to contact Southern Dental Implant Center today. The team at Southern Dental Implant Center will work with you to ensure your teeth are straight and healthy.