Crooked teeth are referred to as an irregular position of the teeth and / or molars.
Symptoms of crooked teeth
You may not be satisfied with the position of your teeth. It is also possible that your dentist notices that your teeth are not straight or close properly. You can always discuss these matters with your dentist.
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How do crooked teeth occur?
There are several causes for the teeth to misalign. Below you can read some of them:
- there is not enough space in the jaws for all teeth. This allows the molars and teeth to overlap
- there is too much space in the mouth. Gaps then arise between the molars and teeth
- teeth are missing in the mouth, for example, if someone has lost a tooth after an accident The tooth or molar next to it can then grow crooked
- the crooked teeth are congenital
- thumbs have made the teeth crooked
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Is it serious and what can you expect?
Some people are not bothered by their crooked teeth in a practical sense, but still have problems with the position of their teeth for external reasons. This can lead to feelings of insecurity or shame.
Other disadvantages of teeth that are crooked in the jaw can include:
- the teeth can break off more easily
- the teeth can make chewing difficulties
- food debris can more easily accumulate between the teeth
- the teeth can make talking difficult
- you can swish
- the teeth are more difficult to keep clean and therefore more prone to cavities and/or gingivitis
If for any reason you suffer from the crooked position of your teeth, you can go to the dentist or orthodontist. Treating crooked teeth makes sense when the benefits of the treatment outweigh the drawbacks.
The orthodontist may recommend that you wear braces. Brackets come in all shapes and sizes. There are fixed brackets (these are glued to the teeth: locks) and loose braces (you can put them in and out yourself). The braces push on the teeth, causing them to slowly move back in the right direction. A loose brace is only effective if you actually wear the brace (sufficiently).
The treatments with an orthodontist are not always pleasant. Wearing braces is often a bit painful and uncomfortable during the first week. This feeling can come back after a check, in which the braces are tightened again.
With braces, you can continue to do your daily activities, such as going out to dinner, playing a musical instrument and kissing. With fixed braces it is advisable not to eat toffees, chewing gum and nuts, or to bite off French bread, for example. The locks can come loose. It is not always possible to sufficiently straighten the jaw and teeth with the help of braces alone. In that case, it may be necessary to operate on the jaw.
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Filling or shield
In some cases, it is possible that the dentist corrects the position of the teeth with the help of a white filling or shield. The white fillings are the fastest and cheapest solution, but they are slightly less durable than the shields. For the white filling, the teeth are only roughened in most cases.
Before making the shields, space must be made for the material of which the shield is made. To do this, a layer of enamel is ground off the tooth. An impression is then made of the ground teeth, after which the shields are made outside the mouth (of porcelain or plastic). Afterwards, the shells are glued to the tooth.
When to seek help for crooked teeth?
If you have complaints about the crooked position of your teeth, you can always contact your dentist. He will examine which options exist in your case. He may then refer you to an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention and treatment of irregular teeth, molars and jaws.
What can you do about it yourself?
If you have problems with the misalignment of your teeth, whether for cosmetic or practical reasons, it is advisable to first present them to your dentist. You can discuss the options for solving your problem with him.
If your dentist refers you to an orthodontist and he gives you a brace, it is important that you brush your teeth properly. Food residues can easily stick between the braces and thus promote the risk of cavities. It is advisable to keep the bracket clean. Because not all places are easily accessible with a brace, the risk of plaque and tartar is greater than if you were not wearing a brace.
General advice and precautions
If you have problems with the crooked position of their teeth, you can always consult your dentist about this regardless of your age. It will then be assessed what is possible in your situation. Although braces can also be worn in old age, the options are greater during youth. Treatment with the help of white fillings or shields is in principle possible at any age but is actually only applied in adulthood.