Misaligned & Crooked Teeth

Are you unhappy with your misaligned bite and crooked teeth?

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Many people notice their teeth moving over time, and one day realise that their teeth don’t align like they used to.

Misaligned and crooked teeth are extremely common in people of all ages and can grow to become overlapped or twisted. This can occur for a number of reasons. The jaw bone not forming properly, genetics, personal habits such as nail biting and other oral health conditions such as thumb sucking. As the years go on, crooked teeth tend to get worse making treatment a lot more complicated. Cleaning them can become difficult, leading to tartar (calculus) build up, decay (cavities), and gum disease.

If you have a misaligned bite or crooked teeth, we recommend looking into your treatment options to straighten and align them. In the long term they’ll become easier to clean, meaning you can better maintain a healthy smile.

If you’re looking to increase your overall confidence and feel empowered by straight teeth, the team at Studio Smiles is the team for you.

FAQs
How do I know if my bite is misaligned?
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There are many different things that could have you questioning whether your bite is misaligned.

These include:

  • Difficulty or pain when chewing

  • Speech impairment

  • Regular cheek or lip biting

  • Bucky teeth

  • Underbite/overbite

  • Uneven smile

If that’s you – why not go ahead and get things checked out with a dentist at Studio Smiles. Book your appointment today, and smile with confidence.

What could happen if I leave my crooked teeth untreated?
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Leaving your crooked teeth untreated can lead to functional and psychological problems down the track. These include:

Further tooth movement/bite changes
Many people don’t realise our teeth are actually constantly moving throughout life. Any underlying bite issues are likely to continue and further deteriorate.

Reduced chewing and function
Eating your favourite foods may become challenging. Though, this does depend on the misalignment. Crooked teeth may also cause the development of minor speech impediments.

Jaw misalignment
It could become difficult to bring your teeth together and jaw pain may result as the muscles become strained.

Psychological issues
There are many studies linking crooked teeth, underbites, bucky teeth, and similar conditions with increased levels of school and workplace teasing, bullying, depression, and anxiety. Also crooked teeth may make it harder to enjoy meals.

Gum disease & tooth decay
Crooked teeth can create a difficult surface to clean. When overcrowding occurs it’s difficult to maintain good oral hygiene. As the tooth surfaces are harder to reach with your toothbrush, bristles and flossing is more awkward.

Book your appointment today, and smile with confidence.

How do you fix a misaligned bite?
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We’ll be able to move your teeth into the right spot using our teeth straightening treatment, Invisalign. Invisalign is a clear aligner treatment used as an alternative to metal fixed braces. Clear trays are placed over the teeth, and as we move from tray to tray over time, the teeth will slowly move into their final position. Clear aligners like Invisalign are comfortable, easy to keep clean, and virtually invisible (especially compared to traditional braces). Invisalign is an amazing technology. To find out more click here to read about Invisalign treatment at Studio Smiles.

Why aren't my teeth aligned/straight anymore?
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Many people notice their teeth moving over time, and one day realize that their teeth don’t align like they used to. This is normal and happens to everyone. Over time our teeth shift and rotate, especially the front teeth. Genetics are a factor, as well as the presence of missing teeth, wisdom teeth, and chipped or broken teeth. All of these can cause changes to your bite and affect the way your teeth come together.

Do misaligned teeth affect your speech?
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Yes, 100%. When we have missing teeth or teeth in the wrong position, air gaps are created. This means that when we speak, our tongue will tend to rest in that gap and push air through, affecting the way we pronounce certain words. Missing front teeth will affect what we call our fricative sounds (f and th), which are the sounds that we make by pushing our tongue to the front. This can lead to lisping which makes it difficult to pronounce words such as “fifty” and “soup”.

Book your appointment today, and smile with confidence.

Can misaligned teeth cause headaches?
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The answer is yes. Often when our teeth are misaligned, stress is placed onto the jaw bone. This extra stress and pressure placed onto the jaw bone can cause tension, leading to headaches. To prevent these headaches from constantly recurring, check in with the team at Studio Smiles. We’ll be able to consult you through the solutions we can offer. Book an appointment today at our Bayside studio.

Do crooked teeth get worse with age?
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Yes. Aging can have an effect on the alignment of our teeth but clenching and grinding over time, tooth loss, and any jaw changes are a few other reasons this could occur.

What are my treatment options?
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There are many different ways to treat misaligned or crooked teeth, but every case is unique. Here are two treatments we use at Studio Smiles to fix crooked teeth.

Invisalign
A popular modern treatment, Invisalign is the best way to fix crooked teeth without the need for metal braces. It involves a series of clear trays made with an amazing 3D technology to help your teeth come into their new position, completely pain free. The length of your treatment will solely depend on the amount of tooth movement required, however teeth are generally straightened within 6-12 months on average. Get started on your Invisalign journey today. Click here to read more about Invisalign at Studio Smiles.

Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers
A fantastic option for those wanting a perfect smile, ceramic porcelain veneers are thin, ultra-strong, tooth-shaped porcelain shells that bond directly over your natural teeth. Porcelain (ceramic) veneers can mask mild and moderate misalignment, while also improving the colour, shape, and size of your teeth. In only 2-4 weeks, porcelain veneers will change your smile, allowing you to feel more confident than ever before. Click here to read about the Studio Smiles difference for Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers.

At Studio Smiles, we take pride in our transparent approach to treatment. We endeavour to make the entire process clear for you so that you understand exactly what is happening, what can be done, the likely outcomes, and all relevant costs. We believe in a thorough approach, so our patients stress less and feel better faster. Get treated with comfort and care. Book an appointment today.

Will my treatment hurt?
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Here at Studio Smiles, we take pride in our emphasis on pain-free dentistry. We understand that going to the dentist can be daunting and that there are certain procedures you may find uncomfortable, so we use the latest techniques and technology to make you feel as comfortable as we possibly can. We also offer oral and IV sedation to take the edge off where needed, which means you can wake up to the smile of your dreams without remembering a thing! Book an appointment today.

How much will this cost me?
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Costs will vary depending on the individual and the treatment necessary. We believe in a transparent approach, so we make it a rule to provide all relevant treatment options and costs, including the advantages and disadvantages where relevant. This is an important part of our informed consent process. We actively work with our patients to help them find a way to have dentistry fit in with their budget and life. Patients may choose to opt for one of our interest-free payment plans to have their broken tooth sorted out immediately, while having the flexibility to pay at a later date on their own terms. Payment plans can help alleviate the financial barriers to a healthy mouth. We want to make sure you feel untroubled and completely comfortable with the next steps throughout your entire journey. Book an appointment today.

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