Crooked teeth are more than just an aesthetic issue. They can cause issues with your bite and oral health. General dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke in Bay City, MI is trained in treating crooked teeth and offers a number of contemporary and comprehensive solutions for crooked teeth including treatment options for straightening teeth with or without braces.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
Crooked teeth cause more than just cosmetic concerns. They have the potential to lead to serious health problems including tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth make brushing and flossing a challenge, allowing food, debris, and plaque to build up between teeth. Even with daily care and routine visits to the dentist, this build up can cause tooth enamel to wear away and irritate the sensitive gum tissue.
Crooked teeth and misaligned bites can also interfere with proper chewing or even speech. In addition, crooked teeth can cause tension to the teeth, jaws, and muscles. This often leads to headaches, teeth grinding, TMJ related issues and worn or broken teeth
Straightening Teeth Without Braces
For patients who wish to avoid braces, Dr. Mahnke offers options such as cosmetic tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns.
- Dental Bonding – Cosmetic dental bonding is a simple procedure, typically completed in a single visit. The dentist will apply a tooth-colored, biocompatible composite resin directly to the tooth. The composite material is sculpted into the proper shape and form, then “bonded” to the tooth using a special light.
- Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain veneers are a great way to straighten teeth without the use of braces. Made of ultra-thin, translucent ceramic material, porcelain veneers have a highly aesthetic and natural appearance. Porcelain veneers cover the front and sides of teeth and can be used to address other cosmetic concerns such as gaps between teeth or discolored teeth.
- Dental Crowns – A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth that is misshaped or crooked. Similar to a porcelain veneer, a dental crown covers the entire tooth rather than just the front or sides. Dental crowns are also used to treat teeth that have been badly damaged, cracked or suffer from tooth decay.
Get Straighter Teeth
Few people are born with a “perfect smile”. Schedule a consultation with Bay City dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke to find out which treatment options are right for you. Call 989-272-2478 or request an appointment online.