Q&A: Misalignment Or Esthetic Concerns?

When you’re not happy with your smile because of issues like spaces between teeth, crooked teeth, overlapping, and other concerns, you may be at a loss for the correct pathway to take to arrive at a solution. Is your smile frustration simply the result of an easy-to-fix esthetic issue that we may address with cosmetic care? Or, are you going to need help for a misalignment that affects your entire smile? To gain some clarity on the topic and how to proceed (don’t worry, there is always an answer), take a look through our questions and answers!

Questions and Answers

Question: How do I know if I’m dealing with a true problem with my misalignment or if my issue with my smile is just a problem that I can treat with cosmetic care?

Answer: The only way to receive a definitive answer is to come in for a consultation. However, the difference between these two concerns is simple. If it’s misalignment, your entire bite is off and does not fit together correctly when you close your smile. If it’s esthetic, your bite is balanced but your smile does not look uniform.

Question: If I’m dealing with a true misalignment, do I always need orthodontic work?

Answer: This is the only way to align your smile. You cannot create the illusion of teeth that are balanced. Instead, you will need the low force technology of orthodontics to shift teeth into their optimal position.

Question: What if I’m dealing with esthetic issues only? Can I just fix it with cosmetic care?

Answer: You most certainly may. Generally speaking, you may rely on contouring, bonding, or porcelain veneers to address minor issues with overlapping, spacing, and minor rotation.

Discover How To Improve Your Smile With A Consultation

Come in for a consultation, so you can learn more about whether you need cosmetic care or orthodontic work. Call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We proudly serve patients and their families from Cleveland, Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.