If you are hiding your smile because of crooked teeth, you may also be hiding dental problems affecting your overall oral health. Crooked and misaligned teeth are more than an embarrassing cosmetic concern, they are often the underlying cause for a bite disorder, tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Emily Lin and the dentists at Canton Dental Associates can work with you to create a personal treatment plan to straighten your smile and restore oral health.
Why Treat Crooked Teeth?
In addition to boosting your confidence with a beautiful, straighter smile, treating crooked teeth can prevent the development of a range of dental problems compromising your long term dental health.
Tooth decay and cavities: crooked teeth are difficult to brush and floss effectively. When surfaces of the teeth are overlapped, it can prevent the brush or floss from reaching them and allow harmful bacteria to build up.
Bite problems: teeth that are misaligned can affect the balance of the bite, often leading to tooth grinding and TMJ disorders.
Tooth damage: when your teeth are not properly aligned, excessive force can be placed on certain teeth and lead to chips, cracks and other damage over time.
Gum disease and recession: bite imbalances and teeth grinding can affect the health and integrity of the gums, increasing the risk for periodontal disease and changes in gum tissue.
Straighten Your Smile for Better Oral Health
Dr. Lin or your dentist at Canton Dental Associates in Baltimore offer a range of possible treatments for achieving a straighter, healthier smile. Your dentist will meet with you to evaluate your oral health, discuss your cosmetic concerns and recommend the most suitable option(s). The goal of treatment is to provide results that enhance the aesthetics of your smile while also improving and stabilizing your oral health. Options for straightening your smile can include:
- Orthodontics: Dr. Emily Lin is a Baltimore Invisalign/Suresmile provider and can straighten your crooked teeth with comfortable clear aligners.
- Dental crowns: in the case of one or two misshapen teeth, a dental crown can be placed over the tooth to reshape and realign your bite.
- Porcelain veneers: dental veneers can be used to smooth out the appearance of misshapen and misaligned teeth that are not adversely affecting the bite.