Five Treatments For Crooked Teeth

Crooked TeethAllow me to begin this article with some poetic words from a Mother Goose nursery rhyme:

        There was a crooked man, who walked a crooked mile,

        He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile,

        He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,

        They all lived together in a little crooked house.

This nursery rhyme poem might bring a smile in imagining the look of a crooked man, cat, mouse and house but your cosmetic dentist, well trained in knowing the seriousness of crooked smiles, would want to evaluate such men and women and set things straight. Crooked teeth are usually the result of such genetic conditions as differing upper or lower jaw sizes resulting in overbites, underbites or smallmouth structures bringing a crowding of teeth. Malocclusion is the official name for such genetic tendencies and the remedy is an orthodontic brace.  Malocclusion is one cause for crooked teeth.

That crooked smile could be from the shifting of teeth due to gaps from tooth loss, teeth that got chipped or broken from eating, teeth worn down from excessive teeth grinding, or teeth that are misshapen or smaller in size to other teeth. Fortunately, a skilled cosmetic dentist can offer a few treatment options for restoring the appearance of your smile when the cause involves these issues with an extrinsic nature. (Surface only)


The following are five common treatments for crooked teeth, performed by a cosmetic dentist, which will provide a smile that would make the Mona Lisa envious and will also bring a healthier you by reason of ease of brushing and flossing. Good brushing and flossing lower the risk of developing Gingivitis, an inflammation and bleeding of gums or Periodontitis, inflammation surrounding teeth, or oral infections that bring about such health issues as heart disease and stroke — and that is truly worth smiling about!

Dental Crowns: A crown, or cap, is an artificial tooth that replaces the structure of a natural tooth that suffers decay or trauma.

Dental Veneers: Dental veneers are a good option to fix chipped teeth, minor cracks or close minor to moderate spaces between teeth. A veneer is a thin ceramic material that we place on the surface of a tooth with resin adhesive to give a natural dental appearance.

Composite Bonding: A perfect solution when a healthy tooth gets chipped. Very little drilling is necessary to affix or bond the composite resin to the natural part of the tooth and provide a full tooth again.

Dental Implants: Say goodbye to dentures when tooth or teeth are lost to decay or injury and gaps can bring shifting of the position of natural teeth. We place a titanium anchor within the jawbone to act as a tooth root, a post placed in the anchor and an artificial tooth 'cap,' or crown is permanently in place.

Teeth Contouring / Reshaping: A drill or lasers are the tools used to smooth or reshape a misshapen tooth.


Request a dental appointment here: or call Dennis Baik, DDS at (408) 676-5321 for an appointment in our San Jose dental office.

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