The most obvious concern with crooked teeth is the cosmetic appearance. However, crooked teeth can lead to more serious problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and TMJ related problems. There are a number of ways to fix crooked teeth and we offer both treatment with or without braces in our Pennington dental office.
Health Risks of Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth can make brushing and flossing a challenge, allowing food, debris and plaque to build up between teeth. Plaque build up can erode tooth enamel, leading to cavity formation. As plaque hardens, it turns into tartar which causes bleeding gums and contributes to gum disease.
Invisible Braces to Straighten Teeth
Donna Vagnozzi-Bucci, DMD is a Pennington Invisalign® dentist, offering the world’s leading treatment for clear braces. Clear braces are well suited for teens and adults who need mild to moderate orthodontic treatment and a high patient satisfaction. Learn more about Invisalign
Metal braces are an option for patients who need more significant orthodontic treatment to fix crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment with metal braces can sometimes be combined with Invisalign therapy to achieve optimal results without prolonged use of metal braces.
Straighten Teeth Without Braces
Many adult patients want to avoid braces if possible. Traditional metal braces and even invisalign braces can be cumbersome for adults, making it difficult to talk and speak. While braces may seem like the most obvious solution for straightening teeth, there are other ways to straighten teeth.
Porcelain veneers are one option for straightening teeth without braces. Used to cover the front and sides of teeth, porcelain veneers can be used to correct minor problems in tooth alignment.
Porcelain veneers can give your smile a symmetrical appearance by closing gaps between teeth and reshaping teeth to an even length.
Dental crowns cover the entire tooth like a cap and are well suited for teeth that may have more significant alignment issues. For correcting crooked teeth, our dentists will use porcelain dental crowns which are highly esthetic and mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
In many cases we are able to offer a single visit treatment for dental crowns. Using CEREC technology, our dentists are able to design, create and place high quality porcelain restorations in a single visit.
Cosmetic bonding uses a bio-compatible dental composite, which applied directly to the tooth then sculpted into the desired shape to improve the shape and alignment of teeth. This treatment is a highly cost effective solution for correcting crooked teeth, though it is typically used for minor alignment issues. Unlike porcelain veneers and dental crowns, cosmetic bonding is not permanent and may need to be touched up in the future.