If you have crooked teeth, the chance that they will become straighter as you grow older depends a great deal on what is causing them to be crooked. In most cases, the intervention of orthodontics will be necessary to ensure they become and remain straight.
Long-Term Effects of Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth can cause problems far beyond the cosmetic. You might be self-conscious about your teeth if they are out of place, but having misaligned or crooked teeth, or teeth with wide gaps between them can affect your bite and the health of your jaw. Some long-term effects of crooked or misaligned teeth include:
- Premature or abnormal wear
- Teeth grinding
- Discomfort in the jaw joint
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
It is very important to consult with an orthodontist regarding the best strategy for straightening your teeth. Some types of misalignment require more extensive treatment than others. Less serious issues might require less intervention. Either way, it is better to treat the problem than leave yourself vulnerable to long-term problems.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
Traditional metal braces have been a mainstay in orthodontics for years. They are still used extensively, especially in adolescents and for more severe orthodontic issues. Invisalign treatment offers an alternative for some people, depending upon the type of problem being treated.
Metal braces use rubber bands to gradually ease the teeth into the correct position. The braces are periodically adjusted to ensure the teeth move in the right direction. Braces can make dramatic changes in even the most crooked smile.
Invisalign also moves the teeth gradually, but uses a series of clear plastic aligner trays. Each tray is custom made to facilitate a slight movement of your teeth, and is worn for about two weeks. Invisalign is a popular option for adults who prefer their treatment to be virtually invisible. Numerous issues can be addressed with Invisalign, although some more serious problems are better treated with traditional braces. If you have questions about what your best option is, please schedule a consultation with Creekview Orthodontics (214-547-0001) or McKinney Orthodontics (972-548-8200) today.