Overlapping Teeth, Options To Enhance Dental Bonding

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Overlapping Teeth, Options To Enhance Dental Bonding
June 11
20:20 2016

Overlapping teeth result from teeth that are too large for a jaw. The size of a person’s jaw is shaped by genetics, and factors such as chewing and breathing affect the development of the jaw in childhood. In addition, the constant movement and actions of the lips and tongue influence how far teeth might stick out.

For those who have considerable overlapping of their teeth and can’t bare to smile, there are practical procedures which can be undertaken to correct your overlapping teeth and leave all of those doubts, insecurities and feelings of uncertainty in the past.
The traditional yet still very effective treatments for overlapped teeth include braces and veneers. Lingual braces, which are connected behind your teeth so people can’t see them, are definitely an option. Six Month Smiles®, for example, are cosmetic braces that are attached to the front of your teeth, yet the wires are available in hues of white and are much smaller than traditional braces.

“The benefits of lingual braces and Six Month Smiles® are that they also provide a rapid opportunity for drastic cosmetic improvement, usually over a six-month period of wearing braces,” said Dr. Lisa Lindstrom, a Toronto-based dentist who practices at Dentistry on the Avenue. “There is usually none or very little shaping needed to the natural tooth, and once the braces are removed, your natural teeth can be cared for in the usual manner with extra attention to cleaning retainers if applied. There is no increased risk of tooth fracture since your natural teeth are not modified, and if the retainers are worn diligently, the result will be lifelong improvement.”

Veneers also work very well to correct overlapping teeth, but they require much preparatory work. Your teeth will be filed down so the veneers can fit over them, which not only includes anaesthetic injections but also wearing temporary veneers while your permanent ones are crafted. While Dr. Lindstrom observed that veneers provide drastic cosmetic improvement, such as a lifelike beauty, while enhancing the colour and shape of teeth, she pointed out that they aren’t necessarily a permanent solution.

“There will usually be [a] need for impeccable oral hygiene by the patient to avoid decay or gum disease, caution in heavy biting situations to avoid fracturing the veneers, and the eventuality of having to replace the veneers as they wear out after many years.”

The most popular treatment for overlapping teeth is Invisalign®, a removable aligner, which as the name implies, is clear and can hardly be seen. The Invisalign® mouthpiece is comfortable to wear and doesn’t require any teeth to be filed down.

“Invisalign® aligners are very popular because many people cannot go through a period of having the visible distraction of unsightly metal in their smile, or even the physical effect of the metal on the outside of the teeth which can sometimes modify voice patterns or lip function, for instance in musicians,” Dr. Lindstrom noted. “They are removable throughout the treatment so that eating and cleaning the teeth can be accomplished unhindered by the appliances. The limitation of Invisalign® aligners is that they tend to tip teeth to straighten them, so it is much more difficult and often impossible to control the final tooth position as well as braces do.”

The key to achieving a more aesthetically pleasing set of teeth is to locate a qualified cosmetic dentist who can perform an analysis of your teeth and will take the time to provide you with a comprehensive plan for your oral health. After this, you should have a complete understanding of the options available, as well as a greater understanding of what’s best for your health.

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  1. T Malesticon August 26, 20:13

    You should also write about the genetic effect on overlapping teeth. Good article, but I want moe info! Thanks!

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