Solutions for Crowded and Overlapping Teeth
The most effective correction for crowded and/or overlapping teeth is best achieved with a comprehensive smile analysis by skilled cosmetic dentists, such as Dr. Elliott and Dr. Nick at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry.
There are several approaches to fixing a less-than-perfect smile, but the best method will depend on the extent of tooth crowding, the health of the teeth and the age of the patient. Crowding and misalignment can be addressed cosmetically with porcelain veneers, or through orthodontics using braces or Invisalign clear aligners. Both approaches have their pros and cons, which we will outline here.
Problems associated with crowded and overlapping teeth
A lack of space in your jaw often results in tooth overcrowding. Aesthetically, this can be bothersome to patients. But more importantly overlapping teeth, if left untreated, can increase your chances of developing periodontal (gum) disease over the years. They are not only harder to clean properly, their severe misalignment can hinder the teeth’s normal function.
Malocclusion resulting from crowding and overlapping teeth is linked to an increased risk for:
- Jaw injury caused by repeated stress on the joints
- Tooth decay/cavities and poor oral health
- Tooth grinding caused by a misaligned bite
Orthodontic and cosmetic dentistry treatments available
In situations where there are only a few teeth slightly overlapping, without a severe bite issue, dental veneers may be a suitable correction for some patients. Made from layers of fine porcelain, resin composites, or acrylic, veneers are tailor made to fit over your teeth, giving you an instant smile makeover. Extremely stain resistant, porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic choice as they most closely mimic the look and texture of your natural teeth.
You can also inquire about Lumineers, which are even thinner than traditional veneers and can be placed without anesthesia or the need to grind down the tooth’s surface. This type of “instant orthodontic” treatment can offer amazing results, especially among older patients who may already suffer from chipped or discolored teeth.
On the other hand, if you are younger and have healthy teeth that are crowded, and you have veneers put on, you’ll have to replace these over the years, which costs time and additional funds. In such cases, Invisalign clear plastic aligners may afford a longer term solution. These invisible trays gradually move teeth into the correct position over a period of several months, and can be removed while eating and brushing. Experienced cosmetic dentists can generally achieve fantastic results with Invisalign alone, and without the need for extraction. This may be a wiser and more conservative approach for teenagers since the natural tooth structure is preserved.
Affordable cosmetic dentistry in Suffolk County
Whether you’re considering traditional braces, Invisalign or dental veneers, you can rest assured that we’ll help you choose the most appropriate treatment to resolve crowded and overlapping teeth. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry services in Suffolk County, or to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable Long Island dentist, please give our office a call at (631) 319-9509.