It can take a lot of courage to make the decision to have your teeth restored, especially if that decision has been long overdue. But hold your horses for a moment – you may need to have your teeth straightened before undergoing any major restorative dental work. Whether you need a simple crown or partial dentures, straightening your teeth beforehand can have a noticeable impact on the success of your restorative dentistry.
Benefits of Straightening Your Teeth
For adults, teeth straightening may seem like an intimidating prospect, but the benefits far outweigh any potential risk – and modern advances in the dental field have made the process easier, quicker, and more painless than ever.
- Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean, making tooth decay and periodontal disease almost inevitable for those with severely crowded teeth.
- The bone that holds your teeth in place is also dependent on your teeth to keep it healthy, so straightening your teeth can allow you to create space for a dental implant that will keep important bone tissue from deteriorating.
- Straightening your teeth can allow you to have a full range of restorative dental work done on your teeth – and you will probably even be able to have your teeth whitened while they are being straightened.
- Many studies have shown that adults who choose to have their teeth straightened experience more satisfaction with their smiles, feel more confident in relationships and careers, and are generally happy with the results of their dental work.
New Ways to Straighten Teeth
Only a few short years ago the only way to have your teeth straightened was through the use of metal braces. Not so today, when a large majority of patients can benefit from the use of aligner therapy. This technique uses a set of custom-made aligners to move your teeth in increments to their ideal position. They are clear, comfortable, and almost undetectable, and they offer a more effective approach to your straightening plan. And best of all, unlike metal braces, they only have to be worn for a short length of time each day, and can be removed for brushing and flossing.
Ask About Straightening Before Restoration
In some cases, Dr. Cooper will recommend that you have your teeth straightened before having your teeth restored with crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures, or dental implants. Even if he doesn’t, you should still check out your options with clear aligners before starting restorative dentistry, especially if you are planning to have your teeth straightened at some point anyway. Give us a call today to find out more about straightening your teeth, and to learn more about the restorative procedures that we offer at Cooper Family Dentistry.