If you have crooked teeth, then your self-confidence can be negatively impacted as a result. You may even avoid smiling in public due to feeling uncomfortable about the way that […]
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If you have crooked teeth, then your self-confidence can be negatively impacted as a result. You may even avoid smiling in public due to feeling uncomfortable about the way that your teeth look.
Fortunately, this is not something that you need to struggle with for your entire life. Most people will be aware of orthodontics and braces, but there are some individuals who may not desire braces or who braces will not be the right option for. So, if that sounds like you, how can you fix your crooked smile?
As cosmetic dentists, we are capable of performing a number of quick and simple treatments to straighten your wonky teeth. Our preferred method of treatment being porcelain or ceramic veneers.
For more information on how you can have a straight smile that you can confidently show to the world, then carry on reading and find more about the best porcelain veneers in London.
How to fix crooked teeth without braces
Braces may be one of the best ways of straightening teeth for most people, but there are multiple negative aspects that come with braces. One of the main detracting factors being the length of time it takes for braces to work, combined with the fact that teeth can actually relapse into their previous state after braces are removed.
Other options that you may have at your disposal are crowns, composite bonding, and porcelain veneers.
If you only have a select few crooked teeth, and if they are only minorly out of alignment, then porcelain veneers are possibly the best crooked teeth solution as they are able to hide them with very minimal negative side effects.
When you compare the time taken for veneers to fix crookedness or overcrowding compared to braces, the decision of what treatment to choose should be relatively simple.
With veneers, you will attend an initial consultation where a cosmetic dentist will tell you how many veneers you will need. Then your teeth will be examined and scanned so that accurate veneers can be made. You’ll then return for the fitting a couple of weeks later. Once this is done your crooked teeth will be a thing of the past.
Whereas with braces, you could potentially be stuck with obtrusive and painful braces on your teeth for a number of years.
How about composite veneers for crooked teeth?
Composite veneers are a good solution also, yet they are inferior to ceramic veneers in many ways.
At Marylebone Smile Clinic, we prefer to work with ceramic veneers as we believe that with this material you can get much better and longer lasting results.
For example, if you were to receive composite veneers then they will have to be replaced within 5-7 years, whereas ceramic veneers can last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
On top of this comes the need for strict annual maintenance to keep composite looking as good as it can. With ceramic veneers, this is less important. Provided that you maintain good dental hygiene, you are unlikely to experience any problems with your veneers. This also makes ceramic veneers a reliable option if you are wondering how to fix discoloured teeth.
In terms of crooked teeth specifically, ceramic veneers may be the smartest option for you if your case requires the removal of a small amount of your existing tooth structure. One of the reasons that someone may choose composite veneers over porcelain is that composite involves a more minimalist procedure and can more or less be fitted over the existing teeth. Therefore, if a certain percentage of tooth structure (up to 5%) needs to be removed regardless, then it would make sense to opt for ceramic veneers as they are the superior material.
Crooked teeth before and after veneers
To get an accurate depiction of how effective veneers can be, take a look at some examples of teeth before veneers through a direct before and after comparison.
While every individual is different, doing this will give you an idea of what to expect if you were to receive treatment yourself for specific issues such as for crooked bottom teeth.
In our Smile Gallery we have multiple examples of veneer before and afters for crooked teeth. For example, take a look at this patient’s comparison.
You can see that by using veneers the patient’s crooked front teeth have been completely rectified and are now aligned with each other and the rest of the upper teeth.
Versatile veneers at Marylebone Smile Clinic
If you have any problematic dental issues, for example if you are seeking a brighter smile or want to discuss missing canine replacement options, then you may be surprised to hear just how effective our veneers can be.
Our veneers come with a success rate on 98.9% and are applicable to such a wide variety of cases. We have even used ceramic veneers to treat a selection of sportspeople and celebrities who frequently have their smile on show to thousands of people.
So, if you have decided that you no longer want to put up with your crooked teeth and want a perfect, dazzling smile, then get in touch with our team at Marylebone Smile Clinic and we can schedule an initial consultation to get you on your way.
What makes teeth crooked?
There are many reasons why permanent teeth may be crooked. Most of the time, crooked permanent teeth are due to a relationship with the deciduous teeth, such as trauma to the tooth or gum at a young age which can then cause the permanent teeth to grow in crooked.
Anther common reason for wonky front teeth specifically is sucking on your thumb when you were a child. While this can create wonky bottom teeth also, there is mainly an effect on the front teeth due to the pressure that this applies to the palate.
If the gum is too small then teeth can grow in too compact, which often causes them to appear crooked rather than straight. Fortunately, we can use veneers for overcrowded teeth in many scenarios, we would just need to get an assessment of your teeth before committing to this option.
I only have one crooked tooth do I need braces?
Possibly, you have both options of using veneers or braces to correct this. Your dentist will be able to advise on your specific situation and degree of overcrowding.
Ceramic veneers are a much more efficient solution to addressing a problem with the position of a single tooth as opposed to a full set of braces. You will be able to leave our clinic with an instant fix, rather than leaving an orthodontist and having to wait months or years for your results.
Can I get veneers if my teeth aren’t straight?
While some people may have teeth that are too crooked for veneers, veneers can straighten crooked teeth for most people with minor malocclusion.
The best way to know if you can get veneers is to simply contact Marylebone Smile Clinic for a consultation and we will be able to inform you after taking a look at your teeth. We even operate a service where you can send photographs of your teeth to us and we can provide an initial assessment over the phone.
What are some other crooked front teeth solutions?
Aside from veneers, the most common method of treating crooked teeth is braces. This is especially the case if the patient is of a young age and the teeth and gums are strong yet malleable.
Other options at your disposal are crowns, bridges, and dental implants. For severe cases where other treatment options won’t work, then surgery can be used to fix crooked teeth.