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Treatments for Overlapping Teeth

By Stephen Rogers on September 06, 2017

A woman smiling outdoorsThere are plenty of dental health problems that can lead to bad health and less-than-ideal smiles. Thankfully the team at our Long Island dental care center can address even the most compicated issues affecting your dental health. There are plenty of restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments out there, as well as more invasive and advanced dental therapies.

When people have teeth that overlap, dentists have many options to consider to address the problem. Let's consider some of the most common treatment options available.

Overlapping Teeth: What Does It Mean?

In the most basic of terms, overlapping teeth refers to cases in which one tooth is in front of an adjacent tooth. This can affect multiple teeth, resulting in poor overall dental alignment. These sorts of issues are most common with the most prominent teeth in the smile, and can lead to a number of problems.

Problems Caused by Overlapping Teeth

Overlapping teeth can lead to a combination of aesthetic problems and dental health problems.

In terms of smile aesthetics, overlapping teeth can make you very self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, even around people you have known for years. You might feel hesitant about laughing, smiling, or speaking around others.

In terms of dental health, overlapping teeth can be rather painful, making it difficult to eat certain foods. Overlapping teeth can also lead to teeth grinding (bruxism) due to the inability to find a comfortable resting position for the teeth. This means a risk of tooth damage, gum recession, and TMJ disorders.

Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry for Overlapping Teeth

When the overlapping of the teeth is purely cosmetic in nature, cosmetic or restorative dentistry procedures may be all that's needed. The use of porcelain veneers can help improve the general appearance of the front teeth, for instance. These thin shells of dental ceramic conceal aesthetic flaws from view. For more serious overlapping that is still cosmetic in nature, a porcelain dental crown might be an ideal option. A dental crown caps the problem tooth or teeth to conceal the misalignment.

Orthodontics for Overlapping Teeth

The most common treatment options for overlapping teeth is orthodontic care. Braces, palatal expanders, and other orthodontic appliances can help reshape the dental arch and improve the position of your teeth in the process. The nature and degree of malocclusion will determine the most ideal approach to take. Orthodontic care will require several months or more, but the end result is a straight and healthy smile that looks perfect.

Advanced Therapies for Overlapping Teeth

When orthodontic care alone is not enough to address spacing issues and overlapping of the teeth, your best option for care will usually involve oral surgery. These procedures can help reshape bone tissue or even aid in the extraction of overlapping teeth that cannot be repositioned. Following oral surgery, orthodontic care is used to make additional adjustments. Sometimes these advanced therapies will also incorporate cosmetic/restorative dentistry measures.

Learn More About Your Dental Treatment Options

If you would like to learn more about treatments for overlapping and crooked teeth, be sure to contact an experienced dentist today. We will work with you, creating a custom-tailored dental treatment that meets your needs.

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