Knoxville dentist Dr. Pamela Cain offers comprehensive solutions for crooked teeth including treatment options for straightening teeth to improve dental health and address bite problems. For orthodontic treatment, Dr. Cain offers short-term orthodontics options using clear braces and aligners.
Six Month Smiles and Invisalign can successfully treat mild to moderate concerns in adult patients, even if you have previously worn braces. For more complex orthodontic needs, we will coordinate a treatment plan with a local specialist and monitor your progress to ensure the best results.
Crooked teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue. Because they make it difficult to brush and floss, crooked teeth can contribute to serious health problems like tooth decay and gum disease by allowing food, debris, and plaque to build up between teeth.
Malocclusion can also interfere with proper chewing or speaking and cause tension in the jaw joints. This contributes to headaches, teeth grinding, and other TMJ-related issues.
Dr. Cain uses T-scan technology to align the bite as a part of orthodontic treatment, ensuring that your new smile is both beautiful and healthy.
Proper tooth alignment serves an important purpose in the long-term maintenance of dental health and minimizes the risk of a bite-related disorder or temporomandibular disorder, commonly called TMJ.
Invisible Braces in Knoxville, TN
Dr. Cain offers short-term orthodontics treatment using invisible braces and clear aligners for adult patients needing or desiring to straighten their teeth and improve the health of their bite.
Six Month Smiles and Invisalign can provide a relatively quick and effective smile makeover for mild to moderate concerns such as minor tooth crowding, gaps between teeth, and occlusion problems.
Clear braces and aligners will provide treatment that is comfortable, discreet, and complete in less time than traditional metal braces. From straightening a few teeth in the “smile zone” to realigning your entire bite, Dr. Cain can provide the personalized care you need for the most stable result.
Straightening Teeth Without Braces
Many of our adult patients want to avoid braces. We offer alternative solutions to straightening teeth in Knoxville, TN. Our alternative treatments include restorative procedures such as cosmetic tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns.
Cosmetic dental bonding is a simple procedure, typically completed in a single visit. The dentist will apply a tooth-colored, biocompatible composite resin directly to the tooth. The composite material is sculpted into the proper shape and form, then “bonded” to the tooth using a special light.
Porcelain veneers are a great way to straighten teeth without the use of braces. Made of ultra-thin, translucent ceramic material, porcelain veneers have a highly aesthetic and natural appearance. Porcelain veneers cover the front and sides of teeth and address other cosmetic concerns such as gaps between teeth or discolored teeth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth that is misshapen or crooked. Similar to a porcelain veneer, a dental crown covers the entire tooth rather than just the front or sides. Dental crowns are also used to treat teeth that have been badly damaged, cracked, or suffer from tooth decay.
Crooked Teeth FAQs
Is fixing crooked teeth necessary?
Although correcting crooked teeth or a bite is not necessary it is highly recommended. Correcting a crooked bite improves the function of a patient’s jaw and teeth, speech, and confidence. It is entirely a personal decision to fix crooked teeth, but it can improve many aspects of a patient’s lifestyle.
Do crooked teeth get worse with age?
As we age our teeth may shift and become more crooked. As we grow and age our bones may move and become weaker making them more susceptible to crowding and shifting.
How can I straighten my crooked teeth without braces?
The most common ways to straighten teeth without braces treatment is with Invisalign clear aligners or with dental bonding. Invisalign consists of clear aligners that progressively straighten teeth over the course of a year. Bonding does not straighten the physical teeth, but rather applies resin to the surface of teeth making them appear straight.