When the upper and lower teeth don't meet comfortably the cause is a misaligned jaw. Two of the most noticeable types of jaw misalignment are overbite, where the upper teeth protrude, and underbite, where the lower teeth sit in front of the upper teeth.
Misaligned teeth can happen as teeth develop or from childhood habits, such as thumb sucking. The most common cause is when the jaw is too small compared with the size of the teeth.
In addition to misaligned teeth, symptoms may include discomfort or difficulty while chewing.
Treatments might include braces and repair of irregular teeth.
3 Procedures to Correct Misaligned Teeth
One of the newest and most promising technologies in correcting misaligned teeth is Invisalign. It’s a form of braces without the metal and wires. The procedure works by using a clear plastic removable teeth aligner that slowly moves your teeth into place over time. Since it’s clear plastic, nobody else will be able to tell you are wearing it, and you can take out the aligner if needed. Invisalign is not an option for everyone who has misaligned teeth, but it can be a great option for most adults who want a straighter smile.
Veneers are a great way to create a more natural-looking smile without extensive orthodontic treatment or invasive reconstructive work. Your dentist in Boise will apply veneers after examining your mouth, creating the look that you want, then shaving off part of the existing tooth or teeth to make room for the veneers. It’s often a more affordable option than full orthodontics as well, and can work for people who have small misalignments that they want to correct quickly. Usually the procedure can be done in just one or two appointments.
If your misshapen teeth are the result of cracked or broken teeth, or you have teeth missing, you might want to consider dental implants as a way to restore your smile. Implants have exploded in popularity in recent years because they offer a natural alternative to replace a missing tooth. The procedure takes some time—usually a few months—and begins with the placement of a titanium rod that will act as the root of your tooth. Once placed, the rod fuses with the bone and the dentist will attach a crown to the top. You get a natural-looking tooth and the advantage of having it implanted in your jawbone, making it stronger than traditional dentures, crowns, or bridges.