Misaligned & Crowded Teeth
Misaligned teeth are usually corrected by orthodontic treatment, which takes two or more years and involves the bonding of braces to teeth and the placement of wires and rubber bands that connect individual orthodontic components together. Light forces are used to slowly move the teeth into the desired position. Orthodontic appliances are very visible during that time. After completion of treatment, the patient often has to wear a retainer for the rest of their life to maintain the correct position of the teeth.
In certain cases Aesthetic Dentistry may be a valid choice to correct misaligned teeth invisibly and quickly (it usually only takes two to three weeks). If your teeth are misaligned only slightly,extensive orthodontic treatment may not be necessary and minor cosmetic correction by placing ceramic veneers or crowns may handle your situation perfectly.
Why Do Teeth Become Misaligned?
While malocclusion may be inherited, children’s habits such as tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, incorrect swallowing, and mouth breathing may also negatively impact the development of the jaw and cause crooked and misaligned teeth.
Premature loss of baby teeth may cause crowded teeth later on. Jaw fracture as a result of accidents can also cause misalignment of the teeth.
How Soon Should Malocclusion be Diagnosed and Treated?
These problems should be evaluated and treated while the child is still growing up (preferably between the age of 4 and 10, before the child is required to wear braces). Early detection and treatment of these problems can spare the child from braces and extraction later on.
How are Misaligned Teeth Corrected?
Metal or wire braces are usually used to correct crooked, misaligned teeth. Those who think these are too cumbersome may opt for invisible and removable aligners called Invisalign. This procedure involves the use of 3-D imaging technology to track the correction done from the initial treatment up until the final position of the teeth is achieved.