How Orthodontists Treat Overbite, Crooked and Crowded Teeth, and Underbite
May / 22 / 2019
Do you look at your smile and wonder “how can I fix my crowded teeth without braces?” Many people are unhappy with crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, but are reluctant to try braces because of the appearance, discomfort or cost. These days, orthodontists have many ways to treat bite problems and crooked or crowded teeth. Every person’s treatment plan is unique, but most orthodontic treatments for bite or spacing problems essentially involve gradually shifting the teeth into alignment.
What kind of bite problems are out there?
An overbite is when the top teeth extend too far over or in front of the lower teeth. An underbite is when the bottom teeth are positioned too far forward and the top teeth are too far back. Misaligned bites can cause damage to teeth and gums, jaw pain, and can have an unwanted effect on appearance. Fortunately, even adults can be treated for bite problems by gradually shifting the top or bottom teeth, and even the jaw itself back into position. Crowded teeth can be treated by gradually creating space and realigning the teeth, while crooked teeth can be slowly rotated and shifted until they are straight.
Metal braces are very effective and can treat complex or extreme conditions, but they are not the only option. Ceramic braces still have brackets and wires, but the ceramic, tooth-coloured brackets are less obvious than traditional metal braces. Lingual braces, where the bracket and wires are attached on the inside of the teeth, are even less visible. These can be uncomfortable and hard to clean, though. Clear aligners can fix crowded teeth without the obvious and uncomfortable metal brackets and wires of braces.
Clear aligners for teeth online are custom-fit plastic trays that fit over the teeth and are worn at all times, except when eating or brushing your teeth. Every few weeks you switch to a new set of aligners, gradually moving the teeth until they are straight and even. Can aligners improve your jawline? Yes, aligners can fix mild to moderate under and overbites by shifting the top teeth up and the bottom teeth back and down. More extreme bite problems, however, still require braces and elastics to shift the entire jaw into position.
How much does it cost to fix crowded teeth?
Along with appearance, the cost is one of the main things that stops people from pursuing their best smile with teeth straightening. The cost of orthodontic treatment typically ranges from $3,000 to $8,000 depending on how complicated the treatment is and what kind of device is used. Metal braces are usually the cheapest, with ceramic braces and aligners such as Invisalign costing slightly more and lingual braces costing as much as $10,000.
Cost doesn’t have to prevent you from enjoying the benefits of a straight new smile. By sending aligners directly to you and monitoring your treatment through remote teledentistry, Pure Smiles Online is able to give you the smile you’ve always wanted at 75% less than other treatments. You’ll never have to make (or pay for) an orthodontist appointment. Just visit a Pure ScanShop or bite into an at home impression kit to get a model of your teeth to find out what Pure Smiles Online aligners can do for you!