Treating a twisted tooth can transform the appearance of the smile and give a major boost to confidence. Whether a tooth only has minor twisting or is severely twisted, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatment options to enhance the smile and improve oral health. Let's take a closer look at some popular options for the treatment of a twisted tooth offered at Fort Bend Dental in Missouri City, TX.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped, ceramic shells that are adhered to the front surface of the teeth. Porcelain veneers may be used to mask a wide range of dental flaws, including chips, cracks, discoloration, and mildly twisted or crooked teeth.
At Fort Bend Dental, we offer CEREC® technology to complete porcelain veneers treatment in a single day. When using CEREC® technology for porcelain veneers treatment, the teeth are prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel. Impressions are then taken of the teeth and transferred to an in-office CEREC® machine where each veneer is crafted for a precise fit and appearance. Once ready, the veneers are bonded to the teeth using dental cement, then polished to complete the smile transformation.
Invisalign® is an aesthetically pleasing orthodontic system that uses clear plastic trays instead of traditional metal braces to correct mild to moderately twisted teeth and other alignment issues.
The treatment process for Invisalign® requires patients to wear their clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours of the day. The aligners may be removed while eating and while brushing and flossing the teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for two weeks before changing to a new set in order to gradually shift and correct the position of the teeth. Invisalign® treatment can straighten the teeth in about 12 to 24 months.
For those with severe alignment issues, traditional braces may be the most suitable treatment option. Braces are highly effective at correcting mild to severe alignment issues, including twisted teeth.
With traditional orthodontics, metal braces made of brackets, wires, and bands are applied to the teeth. The braces are tightened every few weeks to correct the alignment of the teeth. After the teeth have reached the desired alignment, generally 18 to 24 months later, a retainer will be fitted to ensure the teeth maintain their newly corrected position.
Why Seek Treatment for a Twisted Tooth?
It may go without saying that one of the biggest reasons to seek treatment for a twisted tooth is to enhance the appearance of the smile, but straightening one or more twisted teeth has benefits beyond simply cosmetic. Treating twisted teeth can:
- Improve oral hygiene: When a tooth is twisted, it often overlaps a neighboring tooth. Getting a toothbrush and floss between overlapping teeth can be difficult, allowing plaque and tartar to easily buildup between the teeth and along the gum line. Straightening twisted teeth eliminates overlap, which makes it easier to clean the teeth and gums and improve oral health.
- Alleviate alignment issues: One or more twisted teeth can cause misalignment of the upper teeth and lower teeth when biting and chewing. Such alignment issues can strain the jaw joint, cause uneven enamel wear, or lead to pain and discomfort when eating. Treating twisted teeth can improve alignment problems and alleviate related symptoms.
Learn More about Your Treatment Options
To find out more about treatment for a twisted tooth, including which options are right for your needs, please schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Fort Bend Dental