That perfect smile which endears an individual to others could elude many people. Not all of us have well-aligned teeth for that perfect smile. Crooked teeth besides being aesthetically unappealing can also interfere with one’s eating or talking abilities. Crooked teeth can sometimes be difficult to clean up, leading to poor dental health and other teeth problems like caries.
Causes of Crooked Teeth?
While hereditary influence is the top factor for the cause of crooked teeth, there could be other reasons as well. Some people develop crooked teeth because of diseases like caries or gingivitis and some others because of tooth loss. Sometimes even simple and benign biting of finger nails, finger sucking or lip biting can exert sufficient pressure to move the teeth, resulting in them getting crooked. Malocclusion (a term which refers to misaligned or crooked teeth) is fairly common these days; every second individual, to some degree, has this problem.
Teeth Straightening Surgery
Nowadays, with advanced options in dentistry and orthodontics, an individual doesn’t need to live with crooked teeth if it makes them uncomfortable. There are many teeth straightening options available like braces, veneers and teeth straightening surgery. Dental braces are the most popular method that people adopt for straightening their teeth.
Teeth straightening surgery is normally resorted to when braces and other teeth straightening methods prove inadequate. This is primarily because of some discrepancy in the jawbone or because of a cleft palate. Teeth straightening surgery is the most invasive, the most expensive option and the treatment period is also normally longer.
Children as well as adults can undergo this surgery. Prior to the surgery, orthodontic braces are applied and again after the surgery the braces are used to maintain the position of the teeth. A dental surgeon conducts the surgery and usually anaesthesia is administered to the patient.
It normally takes 18 to 24 months for the complete therapy, but the timeline varies from individual to individual. Only a professional dentist can assess an individual’s need and advice accordingly.
The surgery cost varies depending on the severity of an individual’s condition and on the specific reconstruction needed. Even though the costs are high, the results are long lasting. There are the standard risks involved with any kind of surgery. One has to be particularly careful about oral hygiene post surgery to avoid infection.