Should I get my crooked bottom teeth straightened?
When most people think about a straight smile they’re usually only considering the top teeth. After all, these are generally the teeth that are seen the most when we smile. So if you have crooked bottom teeth and relatively straight top teeth that look OK, should you consider orthodontic treatment?
If you are concerned about the appearance of your crooked bottom teeth, have noticed uneven wear of the lower front teeth or are experiencing difficulty keeping these teeth clean and keeping the gums healthy because of crowding or irregularity, orthodontic treatment is the best solution.
Orthodontists can provide you with a wide range of treatment options which can be tailored to meet your needs. For example, if your bite is good, and yet you have crooked lower front teeth, then you may only need limited treatment focussed purely on the correction of the lower front teeth and nothing else. However, if your bite also needs to be corrected (as is often the case) then a more comprehensive treatment plan involving both upper and lower teeth will be needed.
If you’re considering orthodontic treatment to correct your bottom teeth, there are a couple of questions you may want answers to.
Why are my bottom front teeth becoming more crooked as I get older?
Unfortunately, just like the rest of our body, our teeth and bite will change as we age. There are a number of factors that influence how much and how quickly age-related dental changes develop, but it is inevitable that some change will occur.
What this means is most of us, regardless of whether we have had orthodontic treatment when we were younger, will probably find that our lower front teeth will become crooked to some degree as we get older. Consider it like getting wrinkles in your mouth! Once your lower front teeth “slip” past each other the amount of crowding tends to worsen more quickly and then you are also likely to notice changes in the position of the opposing top teeth.
What type of treatment can I get on my bottom teeth?
The types of treatment available to straighten your front teeth are the same regardless of whether you want them on the top, bottom or both. Lingual (inside) braces or clear aligner treatment such as Invisalign® or Clear Correct may be a good option in some cases, particularly if your main concern is aesthetics as they are virtually invisible. The best way to discover which treatment will be most suitable to your case and budget is to consult a specialist orthodontist.
When you should get your bottom teeth straightened
While you might not need to have your bottom teeth straightened for aesthetic reasons, if your jaw is out of alignment and you have a bad bite, then straightening your bottom teeth may help to correct these issues. When correcting a bad bite, you will most likely need to treat the upper teeth at the same time even if the teeth appear straight.
Your teeth do tend to shift and change their position as you age, so it may be worthwhile correcting your lower teeth now and then maintain their position with a retainer to avoid needing more extensive treatment down the line.
To find out more about what will work for you, book a consultation with a registered specialist orthodontist. They will be able to assess your current smile and the potential impact of leaving your bottom teeth crooked.