Your teeth, while they will likely grow in a predictable pattern, can be variable. You’d likely expect a certain number of teeth, and you’d expect each tooth to have a certain size, but the way your teeth grow can be dependant on a number of factors. For that reason, the appearance of your smile is not only specific to you, but it can change over time. Tooth alignment is not a static quality. Your teeth shift due to all kinds of factors. Understanding those factors and how to correct for misalignment can help you achieve the type of smile that you desire.
What Causes Teeth Alignment to Change Over Time?
Your jaw bone structure can actually play a role in the alignment of your teeth. The shape of your mandible may cause your teeth to grow in at different angles. As you continue to grow, the rate at which you grow can affect how your teeth fit together. Additionally, tooth loss is a major contributing factor to how your teeth align. If you suffer tooth loss as an adult, your remaining teeth can shift to fill in the space left behind. That can cause you significant misalignment problems and have a negative effect on your bite.
Orthodontic Treatment Can Correct for Misalignment
We all want perfectly aligned teeth. Straight teeth create a beautiful smile that can wow. That’s why many people turn to braces. Braces can correct for misalignment and create an ideal smile. Braces apply gentle, constant pressure to push or pull teeth into alignment. Traditional bracket-and-wire braces models often deliver the most significant and consistent results, but clear aligner options can create a more discrete solution if your misalignment is less severe. The ideal fit for your teeth will be dependant on your situation.
There’s a Difference Between Crooked and Misaligned Teeth
Your teeth can actually be crooked, without being significantly misaligned. Crooked teeth need to be straightened so that the contour of the tooth looks pleasing and matches the surrounding teeth. That’s different than a tooth that has grown in at an angle that creates a conflict with the rest of your bite. Misaligned teeth can contribute to premature wear on other teeth because of their disruption to the bite. Crooked teeth can be straightened with a shorter treatment timetable.
Rodem Tree Dental Offers a Variety of Orthodontic Treatment
At Rodem Tree Dental, we want you to have a smile that inspires confidence. We offer traditional braces and clear aligners to help you fix misaligned teeth and fit them back into place. We also offer Six Month Smile, a treatment that can quickly adjust crooked teeth to give you the appearance you’re after. To learn about our orthodontic treatment options, contact Rodem Tree Dental in Rowlett, TX at 972-475-2321.