Many patients consider crooked teeth a cosmetic concern, but they often contribute to dental health concerns such as tooth decay and bite problems. Dr. McLauchlin will evaluate your oral health and recommend a plan of treatment best suited to your personal goals and concerns.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
Crooked teeth can contribute to serious health problems including tooth decay and gum disease. Because it is often more challenging to brush and floss crooked teeth, food and plaque can become trapped between teeth. Even with the best daily care and routine visits to the dentist, build up like this can cause tooth enamel to wear away and irritate the sensitive gum tissue.
Crooked teeth and misaligned bites can also interfere with proper chewing or even speech. In addition, crooked teeth can be the cause of tension between the teeth, jaws, and muscles. This often leads to headaches, teeth grinding, TMJ related issues and worn or broken teeth.
Straighten Teeth With Invisible Braces
Dr. McLauchlin is an Invisalign dentist in Nixa, MO. Treatment with Invisalign is ideal for many teens and adults because the aligners are virtually invisible, removable and straighten teeth in a relatively short period of time.
In addition to the esthetic and comfort advantages, Invisalign offers a number of significant clinical benefits including:
- Improved gum and tooth health during treatment because of better oral hygiene
- No metal allergies due to brackets and wires
- More predictable treatment planning with Invisalign software
- Custom aligners tailored to fit your teeth precisely, for reduced irritation and fewer scratches
Straightening Teeth Without Braces
For patients who wish to avoid braces, Dr. McLauchlin offers options such as cosmetic tooth bonding, porcelain veneers and dental crowns.
Cosmetic dental bonding is a simple procedure, typically completed in a single visit. Dr. McLauchlin will apply a tooth colored, biocompatible composite resin directly to the tooth. The composite material is sculpted into the proper shape and form, then “bonded” to the tooth using a special light. Little or no tooth preparation is needed for the dental bonding procedure.
Porcelain veneers are a great way to straighten teeth without the use of braces. Made of ultra-thin, translucent ceramic material, porcelain veneers have a highly aesthetic and natural appearance. Porcelain veneers cover the front and sides of teeth and can be used to address other cosmetic concerns such as gaps between teeth or discolored teeth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth that is misshaped or crooked. Similar to a porcelain veneer, a dental crown covers the entire tooth rather than just the front or sides. Dental crowns are also used to treat teeth that have been badly damaged, cracked or suffer from tooth decay.