Dr. Jim Lassiter is an experienced dentist in Jay, FL that treats crooked teeth. Many people may find they want a straighter smile for aesthetic reasons, but straightening crooked teeth can also improve oral health. It can be difficult to clean the space between teeth when they are crooked. Because of this, bacteria can easily multiply, forming plaque and tartar. This will increase your risk for cavities and gum disease over time.
Crooked teeth are a dental concern that can also make it more difficult for patients to bite evenly. Those with a misaligned bite or crooked teeth are at a higher risk for bruxism, or teeth grinding, which can wear teeth down. However, straightening teeth can be a preventative measure that looks and feels great.
Crooked Teeth: Problems and Solutions
Several problems can arise with misaligned and crooked teeth:
- Tooth decay
- Bad breath
- Jaw pain
- Gum disease
- Chronic headaches
- Tooth damage
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
However, Dr. Lassiter and his dental team provide these dental treatments that straighten crooked teeth or improve their aesthetics:
An alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign utilizes clear aligners that gradually shift teeth every two weeks. The aligners can be removed for eating and brushing teeth and tend to be more comfortable than metal braces because they don’t irritate gums. Invisalign has a shorter treatment time than traditional options and can provide straighter teeth to patients in six to eighteen months.
Tooth bonding uses composite resin to change the size and shape of teeth. The resin also blends in with teeth for a more natural look. Tooth bonding is less permanent and more economical than porcelain veneers. This treatment can be a great option for patients who may not want to commit to the more permanent option of porcelain veneers.
Made of ultra-thin, high-quality porcelain ceramic, porcelain veneers can be a great aesthetic treatment for crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers are color-matched to natural teeth so that they can blend in perfectly. This treatment bonds porcelain ceramic to teeth for a straighter and brighter appearance.
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Call 850.427.5891 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Lassiter on our website for comfortable and comprehensive care today.