Teeth that jut out too far can lead to many kinds of problems. Generally speaking, they can cause cosmetic issues as well as dental wellness issues. Whatever the case may be, there are treatments available that can improve dental alignment and help you smile with confidence.
The team at our Harrisonburg, VA cosmetic dentistry practice would like to consider the nature of jutting teeth and the problems they can cause. We'll then look at some of your options for treatment and which may be most ideal for you.
Problems Caused by Jutting Teeth
In terms of cosmetic issues, jutting teeth can be unsightly, causing people to feel self-conscious about their smile. This can lead to a reluctance to smile, speak, and laugh, even around people you have known for years. If you're in a line of work that involves lots of public interaction, jutting teeth can have an impact on your job.
In terms of dental wellness issues, jutting teeth could lead to pain and discomfort when biting and chewing. The tooth misalignment can also lead to teeth grinding (bruxism), which impacts the health of the teeth and gums. Over time, a TMJ disorder may develop as well, causing many issues with the proper function of the jaw.
Cosmetic Treatments for Jutting Teeth
If your teeth jut out just a little bit and cause no problems with your dental health, the issue can likely be resolved through cosmetic dentistry procedures alone. Porcelain veneers may be used to help improve the general appearance of your teeth, for instance, creating an appearance of alignment that de-emphasizes any jutting or crookedness. Tooth-colored/porcelain dental crowns could also be used to reduce the amount of jutting and enhance a tooth's overall appearance.
Orthodontic Care for Jutting Teeth
If your teeth jut out considerably and impact your dental wellness, orthodontic care is the ideal approach for treatment. Using braces, palate expanders, headgear, and other appliances, a patient's overall dental alignment can be improved. The gradual pressure applied to the teeth and other structures of the mouth will enhance alignment of the smile and reduce jutting and other issues with malocclusion.
Oral Surgery and Other Advanced Procedures
When the jutting is especially pronounced, advanced treatment options may be recommended. In these cases, that usually means oral surgery to address the jawbone, tooth position, and other related concerns. Following the dental surgery, orthodontic appliances may be used to help make the necessary corrections to dental alignment.
Tailoring the Treatment to the Patient
As you can see, there are different approaches available to deal with jutting teeth and crooked teeth. During the consultation process, we can assess your situation and develop a custom treatment plan just for you. We'll be more than happy to answer your questions about your dental health, helping you make the right choice when it comes to your treatment options.
Contact Smiles for Life
To learn more about treating tooth misalignment and enhancing the health and beauty of your smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at our practice looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.