In addition to being a cosmetic issue, crooked teeth can cause serious complications and long-term health problems if left untreated. Fortunately, there are solutions for children and adults who are affected by crooked teeth.
Problems Associated with Crooked Teeth
Properly aligned teeth provide support for each other and for the entire mouth. Crooked teeth, however, do not and can cause jaw and muscle strain, leaving the mouth vulnerable to injury. People who have crooked teeth may also suffer from tooth pain or sensitivity and may have an increased risk for tooth decay and gingivitis.
Depending on the degree of crowding, there are a number of treatments available.
The teeth can be straightened with braces but veneers may be used when minor alignment adjustments are required. Veneers are like false fingernails that are bonded over the teeth to improve colour and shape. There is minimal tooth preparation required to bond veneers over the teeth, they can last for years and you would never know they are there.
Talk to your dentist to find out which treatment is best for you.