First impressions all begin with a smile. Crooked teeth can not only damage the appearance of an individual but can also cause a host of oral and general health complications. For instance, crooked or misaligned teeth can hamper chewing and speaking. Improperly aligned teeth can cause food to get trapped between teeth, and this can lead to plaque building up and a host of other oral health complications. That is why Akavan Orthodontics has created a list of important facts you should know about correcting your crooked teeth in the San Fernando Valley, CA.
Why Teeth may be Crooked?
A person’s teeth may be crooked for a variety of reasons: Misalignment can be begin early in childhood, and continue into adult should they go untreated. A condition called tongue thrust or injury can also cause teeth to become misaligned. Teeth usually shift as one grows older as well, meaning that previously treated teeth can become misaligned once more. But in some cases, teeth shift more than what is normal and end up getting aligned haphazardly. Sometimes people do not wear the retainers prescribed to straighten misaligned teeth for the specified period of time and as a result, their teeth become crooked again. All of these issues lead to the same problem: crooked teeth that only Akavan Orthodontics can help you fix.
Different Methods of Fixing Crooked Teeth
The following methods of fixing crooked teeth are not only the most popular, but also the most trusted by Dr. Akavan and the team at Akavan Ortho.
Tooth reshaping procedures are carried out in cases of minor misalignment issues. A dentist uses polishing and gentle abrasion techniques to correct minor imperfections like chips and make the teeth look more aligned.
Using braces is one of the most commonly-prescribed ways of fixing crooked teeth in the San Fernando Valley. Traditional metal braces made of high-quality stainless steel are considered more effective in correcting severe misalignment issues or to achieve results within a short period of time in San Fernando Valley, California.
However, the advances in medical technology have led to dramatic evolution of braces as well. For instance, clear ceramic braces can be worn on the front of the teeth by those who do not want their braces to mar their smiles. On the other hand, concealed or lingual braces have brackets with which these can be fitted at the back of the teeth and so remain out of sight. Invisible braces or aligners are customized for every patient and so fit snugly inside a person’s mouth. These are clear braces and can be easily removed while eating, flossing, and brushing teeth. These options are encouraged and available at Akavan Orthodontics.
In this context, it is worth mentioning that a patient might need to wear retainers for a certain length of time after removing the braces. The retainers keep the teeth in their newly-aligned places and not shift back to their original crooked position. The retainer is fitted on to the roof of the mouth with a metal wire running over the front teeth. Patients may choose to wear a clear wire that makes for a more aesthetic appearance. Whatever method you choose, be sure to follow the wearing instructions given to you by Dr. Akavan
Using veneers is another way of fixing crooked teeth. In this method, the dentist shaves the tooth enamel and uses a piece of porcelain to cover the whole surface of the tooth. The porcelain used is of a durable quality but may need to be replaced after every 15 years or so. Though less common and often more expensive than braces, this is a permanent method that will allow the appearance of teeth to reach their full potential.
Only Akavan Orthodontics can determine the best method of fixing crooked teeth for a particular patient. The choice depends on the specific layout of the person’s teeth and their lifestyle. To find out what is best for you in San Fernando Valley, visit us online or contact us.