Some people are born with beautiful smiles. Their teeth just happened to come in perfectly, look great and work exactly the way they’re supposed to. On the other hand, many people weren’t so fortunate. Through no fault of their own, their teeth just didn’t come in straight. This causes both health and cosmetic issues which should be corrected.
Crooked teeth can make people quite sensitive to the appearance of their smiles. They have constant attention on how they look in public, don’t want pictures taken of them and are even unwilling to smile broadly. Their self-esteem is negatively affected because they feel that having crooked teeth makes it impossible for them to look beautiful or handsome.
However, all over the world people have beautiful smiles they weren’t born with.
How? Cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry deals with the beauty and aesthetic appearance of your teeth. Having the smile you want is really as simple as finding the right dentist with the right skills.
The technology for correcting tooth alignment has advanced so greatly in the last several years that now, no one has to suffer with a smile they don’t like. Cosmetic dentistry can change lives, easily enabling people to have the appearance and smile they want.
Crooked Teeth Affect More than Just a Smile
There are serious problems that can result when your teeth don’t meet correctly. The teeth are meant to align together as perfect surfaces for grinding your food before swallowing. They’re naturally shaped and reinforced to accept this grinding action and the intense pressures that result. Just look at the shape of your own teeth. The rounded sections, the indents on the top – those shapes are your teeth’s defenses against expected pressure.
However, when the alignment of your teeth isn’t right, they receive pressure in spots they’re not prepared for. Chipping and cracking very often result, sometimes at the tip of the tooth and sometimes along the gum line.
This unusual wear and tear can also wreak havoc on your roots and gums. Over time, the roots take a beating they were not intended to endure. The root can weaken, even resulting in tooth loss.
Poorly aligned teeth are also often harder to clean. In crowded spots between teeth, it can be impossible to clean out food deposits and bacteria on a daily basis. This creates tooth decay and worse.
Adjusting Crooked Teeth—The Sooner the Better
The right time to start adjusting crooked teeth is the first moment possible. The sooner you start, the less wear and tear accumulates on the teeth, gums and roots.
You may not realize that you can still address crooked teeth when you are an adult. Many think it’s too late if they didn’t get their teeth corrected when they were younger. However, this isn’t true.
The fact is that straightening your teeth is actually very easy. You don’t have to live with it. You don’t have to tolerate it. With simple procedures, a good cosmetic dentist can totally transform your smile. While in the past this used to involve things like wearing braces, this isn’t necessarily the case anymore.
One example of this is Invisalign, a modern approach to straightening teeth. The patient wears nearly invisible plastic trays which gently move the teeth into the correct location. A new adjusted tray is placed every few weeks as the teeth move. They are more comfortable than metal braces and don’t cause cuts inside the mouth the way metal braces can. And as they are removable, there are no restrictions on what you can eat and brushing and flossing are not a chore as they are with traditional braces.
If you’ve been thinking about straightening your teeth but have been putting it off, reach out to us. It’s easier than you think. In our office, Dr. Seifi has helped thousands of people with her cosmetic procedures and has been voted one of America’s Top Dentists for Cosmetic Dentistry since 2009. We’ll do a consultation to answer your questions and tell you exactly what procedures you need to achieve the smile you wish you had.
We serve patients from all over the Washington, D.C. and Suburban Maryland area. Find out how beautiful we can make your smile. Call us at (301) 770-1070 .
We’re here to help.
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