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Treatments for a Twisted Tooth: Straightening Your Smile

By Randal Watson, DDS on November 30, 2017

A woman smilingPeople with twisted teeth face a number of dental health challenges. Thankfully there are various treatments available that can improve dental alignment and give you a smile that looks pristine and perfectly aligned. The team at our Austin cosmetic dentistry center can develop a custom treatment plan just for you.

Let's take a moment to consider the problems caused by twisted teeth and then go over some of the treatment options that can remedy the problem.

Aesthetic Problems Caused by Twisted Teeth

Twisted teeth call attention to themselves, especially if they are one of your front teeth. This can lead to a number of cosmetic flaws that can make you hesitant to laugh, smile, and speak, even around loved ones and co-workers. On the note of work, people who have jobs that involve lots of public interaction may not be able to perform their job at a high level because of the flaws in dental alignment.

Dental Health Problems Caused by Twisted Teeth

If you have teeth that are twisted, this can cause you to experience problems with biting and chewing. It may wind up being painful to bite and chew certain foods. Twisted teeth are also commonly associated with teeth grinding (bruxism), which can lead to tooth fractures, enamel erosion, gum recession, and TMJ disorders.

Cosmetic or Restorative Treatments for Twisted Teeth

Sometimes a twisted tooth does not impact your dental health. In these cases, the ideal option for treatment tends to be minimally invasive, such as the use of porcelain veneers and dental crowns. A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of dental ceramic that can mask a flaw from view, while a dental crown is a cap that can hide an entire tooth. Both or these options restore the look of your smile with seamless results.

Orthodontic Care for Twisted Teeth

In the vast majority of cases, orthodontic care will be the ideal approach to treating a twisted tooth. Using braces, headgear, and other appliances will allow careful pressure to be applied to the teeth, gradually shifting position over the course of several months. The result will be a better aligned and much healthier smile.

While adult orthodontics is effective, orthodontic care tends to go quicker and be less of a hassle when performed in teenage patients. This is because younger patients are still maturing and the forces exerted by orthodontic appliances tend to be more effective.

Oral Surgery and Advanced Treatment Options

When orthodontics alone will not be able to address the tooth misalignment, dental surgery may be required. These surgical approaches to treatment will help adjust the various structures of the mouth. The surgery is followed by orthodontic care or restorative dentistry procedures to help revise tooth position and ensure optimal results.

These advanced procedures will vary from patient to patient, meaning no two procedures are going to be the same.

Creating a Treatment Plan Just for You

As you can see, there are many different ways to improve your dental alignment and the health of your smile. During a consultation at our practice, we can go over all of these options in greater detail so you can undergo the right treatment for your needs.

Learn More About Enhancing Your Smile

If you would like more information about treatments to straighten twisted teeth, we encourage you to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist today. Our team will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan for your smile.

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