If you have an overall healthy bite, but one or two crooked teeth, you may be uncertain of the best treatment option. Wearing braces for a year or more may seem a bit extreme. At the same time, your uneven teeth are compromising the look of your smile and affecting your self-esteem. Fortunately, our Sacramento, CA, practice offers a number of orthodontic solutions, tailored to all needs. Often, we can quickly straighten isolated teeth with Invisalign®, which is virtually unnoticeable. Even if you do require traditional braces, we can often speed treatment time with our innovative accelerators. Following a complete consultation, we can make an appropriate recommendation to improve your appearance and your long-term oral health.
What Causes a Single Misaligned Tooth?
If you have one or two crooked teeth, it is most likely the result of overcrowding or a narrow palate. When your teeth do not have enough room, the nearby teeth will push them to the front or back of your smile. Other, less common reasons for misalignment:
- Thumb sucking at a late age after a baby has started to teethe
- An improper swallowing reflux that causes the tongue to push forward on the front teeth
- Early loss of baby teeth
- Overly large teeth
Invisalign May Be the Optimal Solution for Your Orthodontic Needs
We often recommend Invisalign for minor to moderate orthodontic issues, such as isolated crooked teeth. This treatment is subtler than standard braces, and it often takes less time to complete, especially when you do not need to correct your entire bite. In fact, in some cases, Invisalign can take as little as six weeks.
If we determine that you are a suitable Invisalign candidate, we will take digital impressions of your teeth. Then we will use these images to design clear aligners on the computer, varying the shape to match the gradual shift of your teeth. An Invisalign lab will use the molds to create your aligners from clear plastic that will be almost impossible to see. In most cases, you will wear each aligner for two weeks. You may require additional trays or additional treatment time, depending on how you respond.
Braces and Accelerators
If your teeth are severely out of line, we may suggest traditional braces instead. However, even in these cases, there are several ways that we can make your orthodontic care easier. For instance, we offer clear braces. Even though they use brackets and wires, they are much more discreet than metal. We can also speed your treatment time with state-of-the-art AcceleDent® or the PROPEL system. These treatments use tiny electrical pulses to vibrate teeth and to stimulate the nearby bone. Used according to your dentist’s instructions, they can shorten treatment time by up to 60 percent!
The Advantages of Straightening Your Teeth
Although one or two uneven teeth might seem like a minor concern, orthodontic treatment is very important. First, of course, it can greatly improve your appearance. Often, isolated uneven teeth can draw attention away from your other facial features, making your entire smile look out of line. In some cases, they can also cause you to look childlike or older than you actually are. Second, orthodontic care can also improve your oral health. Overlapping teeth often trap bacteria, and they are very difficult to clean. Therefore, Invisalign or braces can reduce your risk for decay, discoloration, and gum disease. Further, a single crooked tooth can offset the force of your entire bite, causing pressure on isolated teeth. Without appropriate care, you could eventually suffer from dental erosion, a cracked tooth, or TMJ disorder.
Contact Us for a Straight, Beautiful Smile
Correcting your crooked tooth or teeth can be an easy and quick process with lifelong benefits. Contact Markham Orthodontics online to schedule an appointment. You can also learn more about your treatment options when you call (916) 924-8970.