There are numerous options available to those
who are trying to straighten their teeth but what if you only have one
misaligned tooth. A single misaligned tooth
especially in the front of a person’s mouth can impact their smile and self-confidence.
Most often a single misaligned tooth is the
result of overcrowding or a narrow mouth. Without sufficient space, teeth will
push forward or backward as they grow. Single tooth misalignment can also be
the cause of thumb sucking, poor swallowing, large teeth, or an early loss of
Apart from impacting a person’s appearance, a
single misaligned tooth can trap bacteria and increase the chances of decay,
gum disease, and discoloration. Bite issues can also result from a misaligned
tooth adding unnecessary pressure on other teeth. Single tooth straightening is
a common problem and dentists now offer several solutions to correct this condition.
Braces – There are a large variety of brace
options that are discreet and affordable. Traditional braces can also be used
to straighten a single tooth.
Retainers – Retainers both removable and fixed
can adjust single tooth misalignment. Since retainers are often removable, they
can provide adult patients with the flexibility to remove their braces for
Palatal expanders – A palatal expander can widen
the arch and open spaces for teeth to move naturally. Keys are used to apply
pressure on the upper jaw. Expanders are also invisible and best for adult patients
as they can cause discomfort once adjustments are made.
Invisalign – Invisalign are removable, almost
unnoticeable aligners that are suitable for some single tooth alignment issues.
The best treatment option will depend on the
position of the misaligned tooth and the patient’s preferences. It is best to
discuss treatment options with a well-experienced dentist or orthodontist to
receive long-lasting results.