Overlapping teeth can diminish the beauty of a smile. Even if the teeth are healthy, when they are out of alignment, it can affect the appearance of your smile.
At our Philadelphia, PA practice, Dr. Gerald Regni offers several cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve and enhance your overall appearance. Here, we discuss treatment for overlapping teeth so you can achieve a more uniform and symmetrical smile.
Causes of Overlapping Teeth
Before exploring the different treatments for overlapping teeth, we will discuss the causes of the condition.
First, overlapping teeth have a significant genetic component. If you have immediate family member with this condition, your risk for developing it is higher.
Second, overlapping teeth can be the result of a childhood habit, such as thumb sucking or prolonged pacifier use.
Finally, missing teeth can lead to shifting, which can cause overlapping in some cases.
One of the most conservative treatments for overlapping teeth is dental bonding. This procedure is performed by applying a tooth-colored composite resin material to the teeth.
This versatile, high-quality material can change the shape of a tooth. In the case of overlapping, composite can be applied to make the overlapped tooth appear flush with the adjacent teeth. Bonding can be performed in less than an hour at our office.
Similar to dental bonding, porcelain veneers can conceal misalignment by making the teeth appear more even. However, rather that applying composite, the front surfaces of the teeth are covered with custom veneers.
Porcelain veneers are crafted in a dental lab, and color-matched to your surrounding teeth for a more attractive smile. Veneers are a longer-lasting, more resilient option when compared to dental bonding.
Another treatment option for correcting overlapping teeth, a dental crown can be used in a number of restorative and cosmetic procedures. These restorations are similar to veneers. However, a crown fits over the whole tooth structure, rather than just the front surface.
If your overlapping teeth are affecting your bite, dental crowns can restore proper function and improve the aesthetics of your smile.
If you have moderately or severely overlapping teeth, Dr. Regni may recommend orthodontic treatment. In some cases, the optimal way to address misalignment is with braces or Invisalign®.
If Dr. Regni thinks you are a suitable candidate for this type of treatment, he will refer you to a local orthodontist. During your treatment, he will work closely with your orthodontist to help you achieve and maintain the smile you desire.
The Importance of Treating Overlapping Teeth
In addition to having a negative impact on your smile, overlapping teeth can also be a concern for your oral health.
When teeth are out of alignment, it can be difficult to brush and floss them properly. Hard-to-reach areas can begin to harbor bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay or periodontal issues.
If your overlapping teeth are becoming problematic, it is important to address the issue as soon as possible. By correcting misaligned or overlapping teeth, you are giving yourself the best chance of long-term, optimal oral health.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you have overlapping teeth and are considering treatment to address the condition, schedule a visit with Dr. Regni. He can help you determine the most effective solution for your smile. Call us at (215) 351-9399 or contact us online anytime.