Fed Up With Your Crooked Smile? Here’s What Can Be Done!
Our quirks are what give our face personality, and a crooked tooth or two is said to add charm. But if you hate your crooked smile and would do anything to achieve straight teeth, luckily there’s plenty that can be done. Being self-conscious about your teeth means you’re likely to be inhibited showing emotion, as you can never just laugh and smile freely. Many people can get in the habit of hiding their mouth with their hand which can spoil the moment when you’re genuinely feeling happy. Here are some of the ways you can go about correcting crooked teeth.
Front teeth that overlap slightly are usually easy to fix. In many cases, it can be a case of filing down the overlapping teeth and adding veneers that sit perfectly next to each other. It’s not a painful or difficult procedure, and you can walk away with your lovely straight teeth after just a couple of dentist visits. There’s no going under general anesthetic, a local numbing injection is all that’s needed in most cases, and in others, you won’t need any at all. If your crookedness is mild, this is a great option to consider. Another bonus is if you have your other front teeth done in veneers at the same time you will get the perfect ‘Hollywood smile’. If you have other dental issues such as staining, yellowing or chips then you can make everything look even and perfect as well as straight.
Many people with moderate crookedness are candidates for invisible braces. This is useful as it means you can have your teeth straightened but without traditional metal braces. Invisible braces work by using a series of trays. Each tray is worn until the teeth shift into that position, and then you move onto another. Eventually, your teeth move into the new straighter position. After this, many people go on to have gum resculpting which can give you the perfect balance to your smile.
Severe Crookedness and Overcrowding
Even very extreme crookedness can be fixed, so if this is you then no need to fret. It will take longer, but the outcome is so worth it. If there are overcrowding issues, you’re likely to need to have some teeth removed first. Traditional metal braces are your best bet for moderate to severe crookedness, they can straighten the teeth and even correct bite problems such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites. The time it will take your braces to work depends on a number of factors, but you can expect to have them on from anywhere from six months to three years. It might seem like a long time, but when you can then have beautiful straight teeth for the rest of your life, then it’s a small sacrifice to make. Whether you go with invisible or traditional braces, once the teeth have moved you’ll need to make sure they don’t return back to their original position. Previously wearing a retainer each night was your only option, but these days you can go with a ‘fixed’ retainer. This is a wire secured to the back of your teeth which stays on permanently. It can’t be seen but keeps everything in place with no further effort from you.