Crooked or crowded teeth

It’s easy to look in the mirror at less-than-perfect teeth and conclude you could benefit from some treatment.  Modern technology means patients can be offered various forms of treatment, to correct a variety of issues with crooked or crowded teeth. So, your best option is to check with your dentist who can perform a full diagnostic assessment and determine what the options are.

If you have crooked or crowded teeth there are a number of benefits to seeing a dentist to discuss what treatment can be done to correct any issues.  If your teeth are crowded or crooked, you might be experiencing problems with: –

  • Keeping your teeth and gums clean resulting in decay and plaque build-up.
  • Wear and tear on your teeth from clenching and grinding.
  • Damage to your gums.
  • Stress on your jaw joint from misaligned biting patterns.

What are your treatment options?

While you can see for yourself if teeth are crooked, your dentist can determine if the problem warrants treatment. Your dentist will look for the following signs:

  • Abnormal alignment of teeth
  • Abnormal appearance of the face
  • Difficulty or discomfort when chewing or biting
  • Speech difficulties, including a lisp.

There are a number of options, dependant on what your Dentist sees after an examination, x-rays and after making up some study models of your teeth. These options might include: –

Tooth removal

Removal of one or more teeth may be required if overcrowding is the main problem. In some cases, you might need a referral to an orthodontist to discuss braces to correct the problem.

Invisalign

A virtually invisible and hygienic treatment, the Invisalign System uses an innovative approach to effectively straighten your teeth. Invisalign treatment is about creating a series of custom-made removable aligners which are custom designed for your mouth. All you have to do is to wear these aligners, made of a virtually invisible plastic, over your teeth to gradually move them to the ideal position. Your Dentist then will assess your progress over a period of time to track your progress over time.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin, tooth-coloured porcelain shells that are carefully crafted to bond to and cover the front of teeth. They are a more conservative treatment for the correction than crowns and can be used in the event of the underlying tooth being strong and healthy. They are also excellent for treating chipped, discoloured, slightly misaligned or misshapen teeth or gaps between the teeth.

Composite Resin

Composite resin may also be recommended as an option for small irregularities, a temporary measure or to repair a chipped tooth.  Laminate veneers may also be recommended for small blemishes, gaps and other issues. Both of these options can be a cost effective alternative.

Two or three trips to the Dentist will usually be required to prepare the teeth and fit the veneers. Your dentist will discuss your needs with you and plan the treatment that suits you best.

Does it hurt?

There can be some discomfort with different procedures, depending on what is required. Whilst we can’t promise a completely pain free experience, we do our best to talk you through every step along the way and make sure you are comfortable through all treatment. We will ensure that you are completely numb, and stop at any time you need to.

For our patients who are scared or who find it difficult to sit through lengthy treatments, we can offer oral sedation so that they are relaxed on arrival and during treatment.

How much does it cost?

The cost of your treatment will depend on the solution that you and your dentist agree is the best option for you. Once we understand the preferred solution then we can discuss the cost and payment options with you.

If you are a member of BUPA or HBF health funds – we are a preferred provider, so you will maximise your benefit when you make a claim for your treatment. Alternatively, if you have a Centrelink income, you may be entitled to government funding to assist with your treatment, under the Country Dental Health Services scheme, although many cosmetic treatments are not covered under this Scheme.

If you haven’t been to our surgery before we are happy to arrange a 15-minute consultation, with no out of pocket cost, to do a brief examination of your mouth, and discuss treatment options. At your consultation it is likely that the dentist will recommend a full examination and some x-rays for starters to determine fully what your treatment plan should be.