Cosmetic Dentistry For Crowded Teeth - Everything You Need To Know

Cosmetic Dentistry For Crowded Teeth – Everything You Need To Know

Posted by: Dr Monica Amin

Did you know that your smile, more importantly, your teeth, are the first thing people notice when they see you for the first time? People who have perfectly aligned, pearly-white teeth are perceived as attractive and friendly. Unfortunately, if you have misaligned or crooked teeth that affect your self-confidence, no need to worry; thanks to cosmetic dentistry, you can also enjoy a perfectly aligned set of teeth and a beautiful, charming smile. This article explains how cosmetic dentistry can help you enjoy a healthy, beautiful, and lasting smile.  

Can A Cosmetic Dentist Fix A Crooked Tooth?

Cosmetic dentists are dental professionals who are trained to enhance one’s smile and facial aesthetics while ensuring optimal dental functions such as chewing and speaking. Cosmetic dentists utilize various aesthetic and restorative procedures to improve flawed smiles. Although the most ideal option for correcting tooth misalignment is orthodontic treatment, crooked teeth can also be fixed with cosmetic treatment. For example, cosmetic dentists fix mild to moderate tooth crowding with porcelain crowns and veneers. Besides, cosmetic dentists can also use inconspicuous orthodontic treatment options for straightening misaligned teeth – such as Invisalign aligners – which are transparent and won’t affect your smile while you wear them. 

Who Needs Cosmetic Dentistry?

Any individual who is not happy with their smile, or has cosmetic facial defects can benefit from cosmetic dentistry. You are a candidate for cosmetic dental treatment if you have any of the following problems:

  • Stained teeth 
  • Missing teeth 
  • Decayed teeth 
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth 
  • Chipped or cracked teeth 
  • Excessively large or small teeth 
  • Misshaped teeth 
  • Dark-coloured gums 
  • Excessively long or short gums 
  • Facial wrinkles or creases

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Helpful In Smile Designing?

Smile designing is a cosmetic dentistry technique in which your dentist will use different aesthetic and restorative procedures to improve your smile, such as porcelain veneers and crowns, lumineers, teeth whitening, and gum recontouring. So, no matter how complex your aesthetic problem is, your cosmetic dentist can fix it with a smile design procedure.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Cosmetic Dentistry?

Perhaps, the biggest advantage of cosmetic dentistry is the improvement in one’s smile. Apart from that, smile improvement also results in a boost in one’s self-confidence. More importantly, cosmetic dental treatment also improves dental function, and helps in improving oral and physical health. On the other hand, the only drawback of cosmetic dentistry is its high cost. However, considering the numerous benefits cosmetic dentistry offers, its high cost is a small price to pay. 

What Kind Of Treatment Provided By The Cosmetic Dentist?

Your dentist will first determine the flaws in your smile and facial aesthetics. Afterwards, they will prepare a customized treatment plan that will address all the flaws and restore optimal dental function. For example, if you have permanent teeth stains that cannot be removed through professional whitening, your dentist will give your porcelain veneers or lumineers to fix the problem. Similarly, if you have chipped teeth, your dentist may use dental bonding or veneers to restore the shape and aesthetics of the affected tooth. 

Can Overcrowding Cause Gum Recession?

People who have overcrowded teeth have a higher chance of plaque and tartar accumulation around and beneath the gums. These tartar deposits provide an ideal breeding environment for the harmful bacteria that release toxins and result in the destruction of the gum tissue. Therefore, people with crowded teeth often suffer from periodontal problems such as gum inflammation, gum recession, and even tooth loss. 

Is There A Cosmetic Surgical Alternative To Dental Braces?

The ideal treatment for an orthodontic problem depends on the underlying issue. For example, if the issue involves misalignment of teeth, then braces or Invisalign aligners are a suitable choice. On the other hand, if the problem is due to poor alignment, positioning, or angulation of the jaws, your dentist will fix it by performing orthognathic surgery. Besides, minor tooth misalignment problems can also be solved cosmetically with porcelain veneers or crowns. 

How Many Veneers Do I Need To Hide One Crooked Tooth?

According to the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or composite resins that is attached to the front surface of crooked or damaged teeth to restore their structure and aesthetics. If you have a crooked tooth, you will only need one veneer to hide the cosmetic defect. The number of veneers required for your cosmetic treatment depends on the number of your crooked, chipped or stained teeth, 

Can You Have Veneers On Your Teeth If They Aren’t Very Straight?

It may be possible to get dental veneers if you have slight tooth misalignment. In fact, your dentist may use veneers to cosmetically mask minor misalignment of the front teeth. However, in the case of severe tooth misalignment, the problem will have to be fixed with fixed braces or clear aligners. Cosmetic dental treatment performed by a qualified and experienced dentist can do wonders! If you shy away from speaking or smiling in public just because of your crooked teeth, let us help you enjoy a smile that boosts your confidence and beautifies your personality.

At Elizabeth Street Dentist, we offer all cosmetic dentistry services under one roof. You can rest assured that once we have completed your smile design, you will be the proud owner of a charming and dazzling smile. So, what are you waiting for? Book a free consultation appointment today and walk away with the smile of your dreams.

Dr Monica Amin

Principal dentist at Elizabeth Street Dentist
Dr Amin qualified in 2002. She has worked for a dental corporate in the past and currently works alongside a reputable cosmetic Belgravia dentist who was one of the first practitioners to perform Veneers in the UK and also can be described as a pioneer in Tooth Whitening. Dr Amin has developed a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry and has also gained an accreditation as an Invisalign practitioner and confidently provides treatment at several clinics serving the Belgravia, Victoria, Chelsea, Pimlico, Sloane Square and Knightsbridge areas of London.
Dr Monica Amin