- 1 Common types of misaligned front teeth
- 2 Causes of misaligned front teeth
- 3 What are the methods of braces on misaligned front teeth?
- 4 The process of straightening the front teeth
- 5 Customer review of orthodontic braces at Home Dental
- 6 Frequently asked questions about misaligned front teeth
Common types of misaligned front teeth
V-shaped front teeth
V-shaped front teeth are butterfly-shaped teeth. That is, the two contact edges of the teeth are indented inward, the middle part is sunken, the chewing surface of the two teeth protrudes out and forms a V-shape.
The cause of the V-shaped front teeth is that the inner edges of these teeth are spaced apart and form a sharp angle. In the process of development, 2 teeth grow but the side edge is touched by the adjacent teeth, so they tend to grow out completely forward.
Usually, these butterfly-shaped teeth have a larger, more rounded shape than the rest of the teeth on the jaw.
Inclined front teeth
The two front teeth grow in a different direction from the rest of the teeth such as growing in the same left/right side or growing in different directions. The crown of the tooth is tilted due to the bone growing in the wrong position of the jaw or due to bad habits during the period of the permanent teeth developing.
Normally, the tilted teeth will pull other teeth to grow out of the correct position on the jaw, causing severe malocclusion.
Messy front teeth
Unlike V-shaped teeth and tilted teeth, messy teeth often have no fixed position. They can overlap, grow out completely outside the jaw or retract into the jaw. The most common is the situation where the teeth are misaligned, that is, 1 tooth is indented, 1 tooth is protruded and the teeth in the jaw also “imitate” to grow out of alignment with them.
Causes of misaligned front teeth
Due to heredity
According to dentists, up to 60% of people with this defect have a family member (of the same bloodline) who has had crooked front teeth. That is, the rate of inheritance of the trait of jawbone and teeth is quite high. The remaining 40% is due to abnormal development of the arch.
Due to bad habits that persist since childhood
During the process of growing or losing baby teeth, babies often have a habit of sucking on pacifiers, sucking their hands, biting objects, pushing their tongue behind their teeth… These bad habits can cause:
- Losing baby teeth early: This makes it unable to orient the position for permanent teeth later on. Permanent teeth grow naturally without any rules and the percentage of crowded and messy growth on the jaw is very high.
- Losing baby teeth too late: from the age of 6 onwards, baby teeth gradually fall out so that the permanent teeth can sprout. However, this tooth falls out late, so the permanent tooth germ grows slanted and crowded to another position. Some time after the baby teeth fell out, the new teeth were already fixed in the misaligned position.
- The arch becomes too big or too small: fingers, sharp edges from objects directly change the shape of the jaw, especially the lower jaw. The jaw is too big, causing the front teeth to grow far apart and the gap between the two teeth tends to be pushed together during the period of large teeth. The jaw is too small, causing the teeth to grow not enough, leading to overlapping teeth.
Due to not removing wisdom teeth early
There are many people not pulling out tooth number 8 early, leading to this tooth pressing on molars 7, 6, 5 then teeth from number 1 to 4. The growing of wisdom teeth indirectly causes the 2 front teeth to be misaligned if the wisdom tooth root is not removed soon.
Due to long-term loss of teeth on the jaw
The front teeth and premolars teeth have been lost for a long time but have not been restored, leading to a large gap in the arch. This gap is not only a place to accumulate leftovers, but also “pull” other teeth to lean towards them. Ultimately, it leads to misalignment of the bite.
Due to trauma, external impact
According to dentists, many people inherently have a regular set of teeth, but due to falling and hitting the chin, trauma to the head, the teeth are (including the front teeth) moved, hurt, chipped, and shaken.
What are the methods of braces on misaligned front teeth?
Braces inward or outward inclined front teeth with metal brackets
Metal braces are the traditional method, which is the foundation for current types of braces. Metal braces use brackets, wires, elastics, etc., which are attached to the teeth. The elastic bands have good elasticity, helping the teeth to move little by little according to the doctor’s protocol.
Fixing misaligned front teeth with porcelain braces
Porcelain braces are only slightly different from metal braces in terms of material. Porcelain braces are made of porcelain and some other inorganic compounds, so they have a natural color similar to that of teeth. It overcomes the disadvantages of metal braces, improving aesthetics.
Porcelain braces are suitable for people who often have to communicate at work and have high appearance standards.
Braces for misaligned front teeth with transparent trays
Instead of brackets, this method will use transparent braces. The transparent trays are individually designed according to the condition of each person’s teeth. Replace a new tray every 2 weeks to help the teeth gradually move back to the standard position. Because the tray is completely transparent and embraces the roots of the teeth, it is difficult to recognize that the braces are on.
Internal braces to correct misaligned front teeth
The difference of internal braces is that the brackets are fixed to the inside of the teeth. This method has the highest aesthetics but causes more discomfort because the appliance is attached to the inside of the tooth.
Porcelain veneers for misaligned front teeth
Porcelain crowns are also a method of overcoming misaligned front teeth that many people choose.
This method is applied to special cases such as teeth that grow outward or inward, teeth that are too long, teeth that are rough, etc. In cases where braces cannot be fixed or the time of braces is too long, porcelain veneers are the optimal choice.
First, the doctor will grind a small part of the outer tooth and then take a porcelain veneer to the outside of the tooth. Porcelain veneers are designed based on the shape of the front teeth and the natural color of the teeth.
Porcelain veneers for misaligned incisors bring great benefits:
- Shorter time than braces
- The cost of covering 2 front teeth is lower than braces for the whole jaw
- No need to pull teeth
However, porcelain veneers still have a few limitations that you should consider.
Porcelain veneers are an invasive method for teeth. The doctor needs to grind all the outer teeth, only the pulp is left. If the doctor’s technique is not good, it can cause damage to the tooth pulp, reducing the tooth’s life.
Thus, depending on the condition of your teeth as well as your finances and wishes, you can choose braces or porcelain veneers on your front teeth. Each method will have its own advantages and disadvantages. Understanding them will help you to be more self-directed and secure when doing them.
The process of straightening the front teeth
At Home Dental, the orthodontic treatment process is fully performed in the following 5 steps:
Step 1: Visit the dentist
The dentist will directly examine the oral condition to identify problems. In addition, customers will be taken for an X-ray so that the dentist has an accurate basis to assess the condition. From there, the dentist can find out the cause of the crooked front teeth.
Besides, they also take pictures of the teeth to get data into the analyzer. Based on all the information obtained, the dentist will create a treatment plan to suit each person.
Step 2: Detailed advice on the braces route
Dentists at Home Dental will give you in-depth advice on specific issues such as:
- The type of brackets that are right for your condition.
- Braces time, tooth movement exposure, speed of each stage
- Cost of braces
- How to take care of your teeth properly during orthodontic treatment
Step 3: Clean your teeth and deal with dental disease if any
For customers with healthy teeth, the dentist will clean the oral cavity with the technique of taking tartar. This process helps to clean all plaque, limiting dental disease arising.
In case customers have dental diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis, etc., they will be thoroughly treated to help the braces process smoothly without any interruption.
Once you have completed your oral hygiene, you will be given an impression of your jaw. The purpose is to compare the change of teeth before and after braces.
Step 4: Install the brackets and start to brace the misaligned front teeth
Attaching brackets is the first technique in the orthodontic phase. Then every month, you will go to the dentist to adjust the brackets, pull the arch wire and monitor the effectiveness of tooth movement.
Step 5: Finish the braces process, remove the brackets and wear the retainer
When the teeth reach the regular and standard bite, the dentist will prescribe the removal of brackets. After that, the customer needs to wear a retainer to keep the teeth stable. Regular dental hygiene and check-ups during this period are also very important.
Customer review of orthodontic braces at Home Dental
Every month, thousands of customers choose braces for crooked and misaligned teeth at Home Dental. The following is the share of some customers after removing orthodontic braces.
The female customer, having a protruding front tooth and a crooked canine tooth, thanked the orthodontist “Thank you Home Dental, thank you to the doctor and nurses for helping to correct my teeth enthusiastically and carefully. After more than 1 year of braces, I see that the misaligned front teeth have grown straight again, and my lower jaw defects have also been corrected very evenly.”
A male customer with wide braces said, “My braces are not easy because the gaps are too large and the upper teeth are pushed forward. Luckily, I decided to get braces early. Currently, I am very satisfied with my beautiful standard teeth after 2 years of braces.”
Frequently asked questions about misaligned front teeth
Should misaligned front teeth be extracted or not?
Do not extract misaligned front teeth. Extraction of front teeth is only applied in cases of irreparable caries, chipped or severely damaged teeth, acute pulpitis and when the roots of the teeth are too loose that they need to be removed.
The important principle that is always prioritized when treating oral cavity is conservation. The doctor will not remove any front teeth while it is still strong or can be treated conservatively to plant new teeth.
Because after tooth extraction, you will spend a lot of money as well as time to plant teeth. Not only that, the sensor of dentures is not equal to real teeth because there is no root canal.
Should I brace on the front teeth that deviate inwards or should they be covered with porcelain veneers?
The answer is that braces are better than porcelain veneers.
Braces are not as restrictive as porcelain veneers. Braces can improve all defects from severe to mild. In addition, the original teeth will be preserved to the maximum, without affecting the teeth and pulp.
Meanwhile, porcelain veneers are only effective in cases where the front teeth are slightly deviated. If the teeth are badly deviated, the jaws are crowded, the porcelain veneers will not work.
In addition, porcelain veneers need to affect real teeth, which can cause sensitivity and discomfort. The lifespan of porcelain teeth only lasts a few decades. Moreover, being able to chew with real teeth is always better than a porcelain tooth, isn’t it?
Ways to overcome misaligned front teeth for children parents should know
The situation of misaligned front teeth in children is a concern of many parents because it can have long-term effects on the health and future of children. The goal of treatment for misaligned front teeth is to straighten the teeth, improve the bite and improve the child’s smile.
Parents can refer to the treatment of misaligned front teeth in children as follows:
- Tooth extraction: In case the baby teeth are misaligned, they need to be extracted to make room for the permanent teeth to erupt. Or when the child has had permanent teeth but the tooth decay is too severe to fix, maybe the doctor will recommend extraction of baby teeth.
- Jaw surgery: In some cases, a child may need surgery to correct the bite due to the affected bone. However, jaw surgery only applies to children of 18 years and older.
- Wear an appliance: Removable appliances such as trainer jaws, Invisalign aligners, etc. will be prescribed by the dentist to help children overcome the situation of misaligned front teeth. These appliances are easily removable and need to be cleaned regularly.
At the age of 11 years or older, children can wear braces on their teeth to apply force to adjust the front teeth to the right position on the jaw.
To know exactly which method is most suitable for children, parents need to take their children to a reputable dental clinic. After scanning and direct review, the doctor will understand the condition and have an appropriate treatment plan.
This article has shared with you information about crooked front teeth as well as frequently asked questions about misaligned front teeth. If you are experiencing this situation, please come to Home Dental for detailed advice!