Crooked teeth are a common dental concern, considered by most patients to be cosmetic in nature. However, crooked teeth can also compromise dental health. Misaligned and crooked teeth are difficult to clean between, which is why it can often lead to problems like gum disease and tooth decay.
Dr. Scott McElroy provides treatment for crooked and misaligned teeth to both enhance your natural smile and improve overall dental health. He works with patients to build comprehensive orthodontic treatment plans and offers early intervention and phased treatment for growing smiles.
What Causes Crooked Teeth?
Crooked teeth can occur as a result of crowding, genetics, or myofunctional habits in childhood. Straightening crooked teeth and correcting habits like nail-biting and thumb-sucking early on in oral development can help the jaw form correctly.
Crooked teeth can be the underlying cause of a range of dental concerns, including:
- Tooth decay
- Periodontal disease
- Bite problems
- Tooth damage
Dr. McElroy will thoroughly evaluate your dental health and discuss your dental concerns and goals before recommending treatment for your crooked teeth. The best results are achieved when the focus is on supporting lasting dental health. Dr. McElroy takes a comprehensive approach to your dentistry, taking into account both aesthetics and function to provide results that are natural-looking, comfortable, and lasting.
Orthodontic Treatments for Crooked Teeth
Dr. McElroy offers orthodontic care for straightening your smile. He will make the appropriate recommendation for your unique dental health and cosmetic concerns, ensuring that your treatment addresses any underlying dental problems. Orthodontic treatments that we offer to straighten crooked teeth include:
We may recommend oral surgery for patients with severely crooked teeth or misaligned bites. Corrective jaw surgery will fix any skeletal deformities to realign your jaw.
Crooked Teeth FAQs
Why do teeth come in crooked?
Teeth come in crooked for a variety of reasons. When teeth fall out, others shift to fill space. This is a large cause for crooked teeth. Crooked teeth may be a genetic issue as well.
Do teeth get more crooked with age?
As patients age, teeth can become more crooked if not addressed. This is due to crowding. As we age, our bones lose density, changing shape and causing crowding.
How old is too old for correcting crooked teeth?
Patients can correct crooked teeth at any age. Anyone from children to older adults can get braces or orthodontic treatment to correct crooked teeth.
Request an Appointment in Our San Ramon, CA Dental Office
Do you want to treat your crooked teeth for a healthier and more balanced smile? Call McElroy Orthodontics today at (925) 386-2208. You may also schedule an appointment with us on our website. Our goal is to ensure that our patients are comfortable and relaxed during their orthodontist appointments. We treat patients of all ages.