Crooked teeth and malocclusion are dental concerns that can detract from the appearance of your smile in addition to creating dental problems related to the fit and function of your bite. Dr. Brad Gorsky works with patients on an individual basis to evaluate their needs and offer appropriate recommendations for orthodontic care. You can contact his New York, NY dental office by calling 212.235.1769.
Am I a Candidate for Short-Term Orthodontics?
The first step in developing a treatment plan to address crooked teeth and malocclusion, or an uneven bite, is to perform a comprehensive exam. Dr. Gorsky will evaluate all aspects of your bite to determine the most suitable solution for you. Short-term orthodontics can include clear aligners like Clear Correct. Patients who do not have severe teeth grinding, or bruxism, problems are good candidates as teeth clenching and grinding may damage the aligners.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
Crooked teeth can lead to a misaligned bite, which may carry multiple problems and dental concerns. Teeth may wear down due to tooth clenching and grinding, a condition that affects those with crooked teeth more than those with straight teeth. Misaligned teeth can also be harder to clean. Plaque and tartar can hide between teeth and cause tooth decay. Before cosmetically changing misaligned teeth, our dentists may need to treat tooth decay depending on your specific needs.
Treating Crooked Teeth
There are multiple treatment options that can be used to correct and improve the appearance of crooked teeth:
Our office provides Clear Correct aligners to shift teeth into a straighter position. They offer a more comfortable and shorter treatment time in comparison to traditional metal braces. The clear braces are custom-designed to each patient and are removable for patient’s convenience. Using Clear Correct, your teeth will gradually straighten over time.
Made of high-quality porcelain, dental veneers are a great treatment option used to cover the front and sides of teeth. This option can be used to correct minor alignment issues and improve the appearance of teeth. Porcelain veneers make teeth look straighter and more balanced and can also give patients a brighter smile.