Is it worth having my bottom teeth straightened?

Our top teeth are the ones people see the most of when we smile, but what about crooked bottom teeth?

Well, if you can see that there has been some wear and tear on your bottom teeth and you’re finding it increasingly more awkward to keep them clean, it is probably time to consult your dentist.  You could have too many teeth at the bottom, or they could be in need of movement to a better position.  In either case, your dentist might refer you to an orthodontist, who is the specialist who deals with these issues.

Different situations require different treatments

There is a surprising number of options for treatment which can be tailored to meet your individual needs.  Your bite may be good, but you may have one or two crooked teeth.  However, if your bite is poor this could mean that your treatment plan may be more extensive.

Most people have at least one misaligned tooth and whilst it is possible that crooked teeth are inherited, there are other causes, such as childhood thumb sucking, too many teeth in the mouth or an injury or accident.  It is generally the case that if bottom teeth are crooked, this is because of overcrowding.

It doesn’t stop there, because your bottom teeth may push your top teeth out of alignment, which creates a crooked smile.  The crooked teeth may even impact on the alignment of your jaw, affecting the quality of your bite or wearing away the teeth, and leading to other health problems, such as chronic headache.

Will my teeth become increasingly crooked as I age?

The teeth and mouth change as we grow older, just like the rest of us.  Different factors may prevail, such as injury, disease or the worsening of existing conditions. 

So what are my options?

The best answer to this question will come from your dentist, because you are treated as an individual.  There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

Clear aligners or braces may be the best option, but see your dentist before anticipating what you might need.  What your friend might have had means nothing when it comes to your own case.  You may have a particular type of malocclusion, and there may be issues with your bite as well as the way your teeth are moving.

Your consultation with an orthodontist will include scans, xrays, pathology and a series of questions.  Be sure to mention if you already have veneers.

Initial consultations for new treatments are usually free of charge with your general dentist, so check before you confirm an appointment that this is the case. At The Mall, you can arrange your free consultation where we talk about the health, stability and cosmetic concerns you might have, and how we can work together to address these and give you a smile you can truly be proud of. 

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