A single twisted tooth can have a major impact on the appearance of the smile and an even bigger impact on self-esteem. If a twisted tooth makes you want to hide your smile, treatment for a twisted tooth may be right for you. Cosmetic dentistry treatments from our team at Bell Dental can address the appearance of twisted teeth to give you a more attractive smile. To find out which treatment for a twisted tooth is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Lake Jackson, TX dentists Brian Bell and Justin Crocker.
Treatments for a Twisted Tooth
There are several treatment options for correcting a twisted tooth. The type of treatment used will depend on the severity of twisting along with the treatment goals and needs of each patient. Common treatments for improving the appearance of one or more twisted teeth include:
- Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are often a great option for treating mildly twisted teeth. When used as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers can create a straight, flawless smile in as little as two dental appointments.
- Invisalign®: Invisalign® is a metal-free orthodontic system that may be used to treat mild to moderately twisted teeth. Invisalign® improves the alignment of the teeth using a series of clear trays to gradually shift the teeth into the desired position, creating a beautifully straight smile in as little as 12 months.
- Traditional orthodontics: Metal braces are one of the most effective treatments for straightening a twisted tooth, particularly when twisting is quite severe. Braces work by applying pressure to the teeth to gradually realign the teeth and correct the shape of the jaw. Completion of orthodontic treatment will vary based on the individual and the severity of alignment issues, but typically takes between 18 and 24 months.
The Benefits of Treating a Twisted Tooth
There are many potential benefits of undergoing treatment for a twisted tooth. Of course, improved aesthetics and confidence are two of the biggest benefits, but treating a twisted tooth can also improve oral health.
It's not uncommon for a twisted tooth to overlap a neighboring tooth. This overlap can make it difficult to clean the teeth, increasing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Straightening a twisted tooth can eliminate overlap, making it easier to clean the teeth and it reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
In some cases, a twisted tooth can cause bite alignment issues, which can lead to jaw pain and uneven wear of the enamel. Straightening a twisted tooth can help correct bite alignment and alleviate symptoms associated with bite issues.
Candidates for Treatment
Many people with one or more twisted teeth make suitable candidates for treatment. Ideal candidates should have relatively good oral health, free of severe gum disease or tooth decay, and experience one or more of the following:
- Are unhappy with the appearance of the smile due to twisted teeth
- Have one or more twisted teeth
- Suffer from jaw pain as a result of alignment issues caused by a twisted tooth
- An overlapping twisted tooth that makes it difficult to brush and floss effectively
Discover Your Treatment Options
To learn more about treatment options for a twisted tooth, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Bell or Dr. Crocker today.