Adults with crooked teeth: what are my options?
For several reasons, you may not have had orthodontic care when you were younger and are now an adult with crooked teeth. There are several options available to correct a crooked tooth problem, even in adulthood.
Define crooked teeth
What does it really mean “to have crooked teeth”? For some, it is the fact that there is not enough space in the mouth. For others, it is one or more teeth that have grown out of place, breaking the straight line of a smile. It could also be an unwanted space between certain teeth, or top and bottom teeth that are not properly aligned. Whatever your problem, your dentist will be able to assess your specific case and offer you a solution accordingly.
Consequences of having crooked teeth
The consequences of having crooked teeth may be more than you think. Of course, the concern for aesthetics is often at the heart of the concerns of adults with crooked teeth. Who wouldn’t dream of having a beautiful, straight smile worthy of a toothpaste advertisement? You may also be aware that having a crooked smile can cause confidence and self-esteem issues. If you keep yourself from smiling in photos or put your hand in front of your mouth when you laugh out loud, it’s a psychological burden that can become overwhelming and seriously impact your life.
Certain physical consequences can also occur depending on your problem. For example, you may have more difficulty chewing, speaking well, or having difficulty cleaning your teeth, which could compromise your oral hygiene.
Solutions to correct a crooked tooth problem
If your crooked teeth are causing you concern, either aesthetically, or because it prevents you from chewing properly or interferes with your dental hygiene, here are the options available to you to correct your problem.
Braces work through a system of metal or ceramic housings that are connected by a wire. This creates a slight pressure on the teeth, which are brought to the desired position over time. The advantage of braces is that they allow the position of the teeth to be corrected individually or simultaneously. It is a proven treatment that is very effective no matter your age.
Invisalign: invisible braces
For a more aesthetic and practical alternative to braces, discover Invisalign. This system makes it possible to correct crooked teeth thanks to scalable, clear shells that put pressure on the teeth. The main advantages are:
- Aesthetics. The shells are transparent and therefore much less visible than traditional metal braces.
- Comfort. The shells are gentle on the mouth.
- The practical side. You can remove them to eat or to take a picture for example.
Are you tired of having crooked teeth and the thought of getting a straight smile is appealing to you? Make an appointment now with one of our dentists at Dentiste à Laval for a consultation. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the most appropriate treatment according to your problem, the expected results and your lifestyle.