Do your crooked teeth prevent you from showing off your greatest smile?
Crooked teeth can leave a patient feeling insecure about their smile. More importantly, crooked teeth can increase your risks of developing tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease.
Dr. Frank Henrich offers a range of cosmetic treatment options that can help realign and correct crooked teeth. Dr. Henrich can even straighten your teeth in a single visit, with dental services that can hide the appearance of a single crooked tooth. During your visit to our trusted dentist in Tulsa OK, we will examine your smile to determine which solution is right for your dental needs, budget, and time frame. In today’s modern world, there is nothing we can’t fix.
Why Correct Crooked Teeth
Treating crooked teeth can improve the overall quality of your oral health. When your teeth are crooked or misaligned, properly cleaning your teeth may become more difficult. Patients with crooked teeth may be more susceptible to developing tooth decay and cavities due to poor oral hygiene. Crooked teeth can also cause more wear on your teeth, thus leading to an increased risk of chips, cracks, and fractures in your teeth.
Crooked teeth may also be an indicator of a more complex dental problem like TMD or another bite disorder. If you are experiencing jaw pain, toothaches, or headaches, especially in the morning, then you may benefit from finding a solution to realign your teeth.
Treating Crooked Teeth
At Henrich Dental we provide treatment that is specific to your needs. During your consultation, Dr. Henrich will examine your teeth, mouth, and gums to determine which treatment is right for you. Some patients may benefit from orthodontics, which others may need another cosmetic or restorative treatment. We understand that no two dental cases are alike, so we work diligently to provide personalized, patient-focused dental care to help patients achieve a straighter, healthier smile.
- Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are a thin, tooth-colored laminate that is placed over the front of the teeth. Veneers are custom made to match the appearance of your existing teeth. Veneers can be an ideal solution for patients with gapped, misaligned, or uneven teeth.
- Tooth Bonding: Dental bonding is an effective, alternative treatment to porcelain veneers. Dental bonding requires a small amount of surface structure to be removed from the tooth. The bonding material is color matched to match your existing teeth, creating a natural looking, healthy smile.
- Orthodontics: If your issue is more severe than mentioned above, we will recommend the use of orthodontics. Dr. Henrich can recommend a reputable local orthodontist to help align your teeth in a timely manner. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the proper treatments.
Crooked Teeth FAQs
Will my crooked teeth get worse?
Every patient is different so there is no standard answer to this question. It is important to note that crooked teeth will never get straightened without treatment. Some patients may notice that over time their teeth seem to get more crooked while others may remain the same. The best thing to do is have them straightened because of the oral health issues crooked teeth can potentially cause.
How long does it take to straighten crooked teeth?
This will depend on what treatment you choose. Dental bonding can straighten a tooth in a single visit. Porcelain veneers can straighten them in less than a month. Orthodontics can take anywhere from six months up to 24 months. Dr. Henrich works with the best orthodontists in the Tulsa area to ensure the best treatment.
Do I have a straighten a slightly crooked tooth?
How you want your teeth to look is completely up to you. If your crooked tooth is not causing any issues with your health or oral health, then it is okay to leave it be. However, if you notice it is causing issues such as decay or gum problems, it is worth straightening.
How common are crooked teeth?
At least nine out of ten of us have some degree of malocclusion (crooked teeth) and about three-quarters of the population do not have adequate space for wisdom teeth to come in.
Do crooked teeth affect health?
When you ignore crooked teeth, it can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and fractures. To save your smile and your health, consider getting orthodontic care that can help get your teeth back on the straight and narrow.
Is having crooked teeth genetic?
In some cases, genetics can affect tooth alignment. If overbites or underbites run in your family, you may be predisposed to having crooked teeth. Extra teeth, abnormally large teeth, overbites, underbites, and misaligned jaws are all traits that you can inherit.
Schedule A Consultation
At Henrich Dental, we commit to providing high quality, patient-focused dental care. Dr. Henrich takes the time to address your dental concerns, understand your dental goals, and thoroughly examine your smile before deciding which dental treatment will best suit your dental needs. If you would like to explore your options to correct crooked teeth, you can schedule an appointment online or call our Tulsa, OK dental office at (918) 262-4731.