Treating crooked teeth can help patients enjoy a more confident and healthy smile. Crooked teeth present both cosmetic and oral health complications that can deter patients from sharing their natural smiles. With advancements in cosmetic dentistry crooked smiles can be visually straightened in less time with more natural-looking results.
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Carter Perkins offers 25 years of experience providing beautiful and natural smiles to patients in both Marion and Citrus County communities. Dedicated to advancing his dentistry skills, Dr. Perkins and our entire dental care team take hours of advanced education courses each year. Dr. Perkins uses the most modern dental materials and state-of-the-art technology to provide patients with high-quality dentistry that improves the health and aesthetics of their teeth and gums.
Treatment Options for Crooked Teeth
Treatment for crooked teeth will vary depending on the severity of malocclusion and tooth alignment. Dr. Perkins will provide patients with a comprehensive oral health exam that will evaluate all aspects of their oral health. For more complex orthodontic concerns, Dr. Perkins may refer patients to a local orthodontist. Dr. Perkins will help patients determine their best course of treatment for optimal results.
- Invisible braces- Dr. Perkins is a Dunnellon Invisalign® dentist, offering a clear alternative to traditional braces for both teens and adults. Discreet and practical, Invisalign uses a series of custom-designed clear aligners to straighten teeth and realign a crooked bite gradually.
- Porcelain Veneers- Porcelain veneers can be used to treat crooked teeth cosmetically. Dr. Perkins prepares the teeth by removing the enamel to make room for a shell-like cap that he will permanently bond to the tooth.
- Tooth Bonding- An affordable alternative to porcelain veneers, tooth bonding can be used to straighten the appearance of crooked teeth. Bonding is a flexible composite resin that is applied directly to the tooth and molded into a natural-looking shape.
Oral Health & Crooked Teeth
Left untreated, crooked teeth can eventually lead to more complex dental problems. If you only have one or two crooked teeth, you may not consider them an oral health concern. However, even one crooked tooth can increase your risk of developing additional dental health problems. Crooked teeth can cause misalignment of the bite leading to excessive tooth wear, chipping, or cracking.
Crooked teeth can also be an underlying cause of chronic jaw pain and affect the function of the bite. Patients with crooked teeth may have a more difficult time thoroughly cleaning the crooked tooth and may experience an increased risk of tooth decay, or tooth loss.
Crooked Teeth FAQs
How can I straighten my teeth without braces?
There are multiple approaches that can be taken in an attempt to straighten crooked teeth other than braces. Invisalign aligners and retainers are common options. Invisalign aligners are the most popular because they are clear, so they are the most effective and aesthetically pleasing option.
Do teeth move as you age?
Yes, your teeth will shift and move as you age. It is more common for your bottom teeth to shift than the top. They tend to move forwards, closer to the front teeth. This may cause speaking and eating issues if the shifting is extreme.
How do I stop my teeth from shifting?
Some ways to keep your teeth from shifting after having orthodontic work done are to keep good care of your teeth, brushing twice a day, and flossing at least once a day. Wearing your retainer for at least three times as long as you had braces will help keep your teeth from shifting after treatment. Also, try to avoid grinding your teeth to help them stay in place.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
If you have crooked teeth and want to learn more about your options to straighten your teeth, contact our Dunnellon, FL dentist office. Our highly trained and experienced dental care team can help you improve the health and beauty of your natural smile. Perkins Dentistry welcomes new and returning patients to our Dunnellon, FL dentist office. To request a dental health exam, contact our dentist office at (352) 292-8749 or click here to request an appointment online.