No two smiles are exactly alike. Physical features such as tooth size, facial muscles, and jaw structure all come together to create a smile that is unique to each and every person. Our smiles are as special as we are, and they’re a vital part of how we express ourselves.
Just as every smile is unique, so are smile problems. Here at Beverly Hills Orthodontics, we see a lot of smiles and know first-hand how important it is to craft every treatment plan to fit the needs of the patient. For example, adult patients with severe crowding require different treatments than teenagers with mild crossbite issues.
Depending on what specific alignment issues a patient has and how comfortable they are with certain procedures, orthodontic treatments will naturally vary from person to person and may include measures such as:
But what if you just have one tooth out of line? Is single tooth alignment possible?
If you’ve been asking yourself similar questions, here’s everything you need to know about single tooth straightening:
Is Single Tooth Alignment Possible? Is it Necessary?
To begin, let’s answer the question, “Is single tooth alignment possible?” The answer is yes! Orthodontists can treat single tooth alignment problems using a variety of methods.
Now, is single tooth alignment necessary? This answer is a little more complicated given how alignment issues differ from person to person.
Many patients seek out single tooth alignment for aesthetic purposes. After all, if you have a perfectly straight set of teeth aside from one crooked tooth, it can be hard to feel confident when smiling. That matters. Having a smile you love can do wonders for your self-esteem.
Beyond aesthetics, a single tooth may present a mild crowding issue but a major bite issue! That tooth could be in “traumatic occlusion”, meaning that it’s hitting in a way that causes premature and/or excessive wear, bite shifting, bone and gum loss, and/or jaw pain. A severely crooked singular tooth can also negatively impact your oral health. Studies have shown that people with moderate-to-severe alignment problems are at a higher risk of experiencing issues such as:
- Periodontal disease
- Cavities and tooth decay
- Speech problems
- TMJ and recurring jaw pain
With professional orthodontic treatment, not only can you obtain a perfectly straight smile, you can boost your wellness and simplify your oral care routine. While single tooth alignment treatment isn’t often medically required, the benefits of undergoing treatment are substantial.
How Beverly Hills Orthodontics Can Correct Your Single Tooth Alignment Problem
At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, we are experts in correcting everything from mild crowding to severe bite issues—and that includes single tooth alignment.
By nature, most cases of single tooth misalignment are relatively mild. Although there are times when single tooth realignment requires significant dental work (e.g. the tooth became misplaced due to physical trauma or poor health), the majority of single tooth correction cases can be completed quickly with Invisalign clear aligners.
Since the early 2000s, millions of patients have corrected their smiles with the help of Invisalign. These fully customized aligners make orthodontic treatment easier and more convenient than ever before. Over the course of 6 to 12 months, Invisalign steadily corrects your tooth alignment until you have a perfectly straight smile.
During treatment, you can remove your aligners at any time. Although it is very important to wear Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day, aligner removability allows you to:
- Eat whatever you want, whenever you want
- Maintain your normal oral hygiene routine
- Work out and play sports without risking treatment complications
- Smile with complete confidence during treatment
For qualifying patients, we also offer BHO Direct—a discounted clear aligner option designed to quickly treat mild misalignment cases. For those struggling with severe single tooth misalignment, Invisalign may still be an option if combined with additional procedures.
Have More Questions About Single Tooth Alignment Treatment?
Tired of seeing the same out-of-place tooth every day? It might be time to give yourself a smile upgrade with the help of Beverly Hills Orthodontics.
Led by Dr. Monica Madan, the BHO team has been improving smiles across Los Angeles for nearly fifteen years. We take pride in creating the best patient experience possible using the latest orthodontic hardware and treatment methods. No matter what alignment issue you’re dealing with, we can correct it in a manner that’s right for you.