Do you want to straighten your crooked teeth? Straightening teeth not only improves the appearance of your smile but can also stop dental problems from developing. Mount Pleasant, Michigan dentist Dr. Raymond Ribitch treats patients with misaligned and crooked teeth at Mid Michigan Smiles. Dr. Ribitch is an experienced dentist and alumnus of the Dawson Academy that is trained in treating a variety of dental concerns.
He offers multiple treatment options to not only enhance the look of slightly misaligned or crooked teeth but also to straighten and realign mildly or severely crooked teeth. Learn why it is important to straighten crooked teeth, as well as your options in Dr. Ribitch’s dental office below.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
Patients with a misaligned bite and crooked teeth are at risk of developing other dental problems. Crooked teeth may increase the risk of:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Jaw and bite disorders
- Gum recession
- Worn teeth
- Broken teeth
Patients with crooked teeth are often more prone to developing bruxism, a condition marked by clenching and grinding teeth. This can result in worn-down and damaged teeth. Straighter teeth are also easier to clean. Areas between crooked teeth that are difficult to clean may develop tooth decay because plaque can quickly build up in hard-to-reach places. But how can crooked teeth be treated?
Treating Crooked Teeth
Before choosing a treatment option, Dr. Ribitch will exam your teeth and gums and consult with you to find an option that fits your budget, goals, and needs. Following your consultation, Dr. Ribitch may recommend one of these treatments:
- Invisalign: Using a series of clear aligners, you can get a straighter smile faster than if you were using traditional metal braces. Invisalign gradually straightens teeth over time comfortably and safely. This treatment is comfortable on the gums and does not have any dietary restrictions because they are removable.
- Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are custom-fabricated to match the color and shape of natural teeth. Once the veneers adhere to the teeth, they will look and function like natural teeth. Dental veneers can enhance the appearance of slightly crooked teeth for a more uniform and straight look. In addition, porcelain ceramic reflects light for a natural-looking end result.
- Tooth Bonding: This alternative to porcelain veneers uses a composite material that is shaped to teeth and then polished for a natural shine. Dental bonding is a more economical alternative to veneers and benefits patients who may not want to commit to a more permanent dental solution.
Crooked Teeth FAQs
Do crooked teeth get worse over time?
Yes, crooked teeth can get worse over time. Our teeth are constantly shifting and moving. Gaps can get wider or your teeth can become more crowded.
Can I straighten crooked teeth at any age?
Yes, you can be in your 70s and still get your teeth straightened! While severe bite issues are best handled when you’re an adolescent, mild to moderate orthodontic concerns can be taken care of at any age.
Is even one crooked tooth harmful?
Even one crooked tooth can have consequences on your oral health. The teeth around it are in particular danger because it’s harder to clean in the spaces around crooked teeth.
Straighten Crooked Teeth Today
Do you want to fix your misaligned teeth? Are you looking to improve the look of slightly crooked teeth? Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ribitch today at 989.200.3896 or request a consultation online. Dr. Ribitch and his professional dental team are dedicated to providing patients of every age with comfortable and comprehensive dental treatment. If you ever have any questions about your treatment options, feel free to ask. We will be happy to help you find the answers you need.