Crooked Teeth

Crooked Teeth An Overview

Crooked teeth can make you feel too embarrassed to share your smile. Crooked teeth affect both the cosmetic appearance of your smile and the health and function of your teeth and overall bite. Treating crooked teeth is essential for enjoying a beautiful, comfortable and healthy smile.

Dr. Jeff Hendrix is an AAO certified orthodontist who treats children and adult patients with crooked teeth and other common and advanced orthodontic concerns. Dr. Hendrix has mastered the skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development. Dr. Hendrix works with patients to build comprehensive orthodontic treatment plans and offers early intervention and phased treatment for growing smiles.

What causes crooked teeth?

Crooked teeth can occur as a result of crowding, genetics, or myofunctional habits in childhood. Straightening crooked teeth and correcting myofunctional habits early on in oral development can help your child’s jaw form correctly and increase their self-confidence.

Crooked teeth can increase a patients risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and complex bite conditions such as TMJ. Straightening crooked teeth at any age provides patients with a more comfortable bite.

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Crooked Teeth What to Expect

Crooked teeth can be addressed using any type of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Hendrix offers several styles of braces as well as orthodontic appliance therapy to address crooked teeth.

Dr. Hendrix works to build personalized orthodontic treatment plans tailored to the unique needs of each patient.  Treatment for crooked teeth will depend on the extent of malocclusion, age, and the personal concerns and goals of the patients. Our dental care team provides thorough patient education on the issues affecting your smile so that you can fully understand the importance of your compliance and active participation in your orthodontic care. We offer a full range of orthodontic treatment options for straightening crooked teeth at Hendrix Orthodontics in Kennett Square and West Grove PA.

Early Intervention For Crooked Teeth

Despite the fact that healthy teeth can be moved at almost any time, some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if treated at an early age. Complicating factors, such as waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult.

While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be problems that only an orthodontist can detect. Because of this, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have their first orthodontic screening no later than age seven. Regardless, an orthodontic evaluation at any age is advantageous if a general (family) dentist, physician, family member, or even a friend has noticed a problem.


Crooked Teeth FAQs

At what age can people have orthodontic treatment?

Healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. Many orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily and as well for adults as they are for children. Orthodontic forces move the teeth in the same way for both a 55-year-old adult and a 12-year-old child.

Children and adults of any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment. You might be amazed to learn that one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists estimates that nearly 1,000,000 adults in the United States and Canada are currently receiving orthodontic treatment from a specialist. 

My teeth have been crooked for many years. Why should I consider orthodontic treatment now?

Orthodontic treatment, when indicated, is a positive step, especially for adults who have endured a long-standing problem. Orthodontic treatment can restore optimal tooth and jaw function. Teeth that work better usually look better, and a healthy, beautiful smile can improve self-esteem, no matter what age.

How long will orthodontic treatment take?

In general, active treatment time with orthodontic appliances (braces) ranges from one to three years. Early treatment procedures may take only a few months. The actual time in braces depends on the severity of the initial problem, the growth of the patient’s mouth and face, and most importantly, the cooperation of the patient. Mild problems usually require less time, and some individuals respond faster to treatment than others.

While orthodontic treatment requires a definite time commitment, patients are rewarded with beautiful, healthy teeth, proper jaw alignment, and a superior smile that lasts a lifetime. Teeth and jaws in proper alignment look and feel better, work better, contribute to general physical health, and can definitely improve one’s self-confidence.

Why choose Hendrix Orthodontics?

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Unionville/Kennett Square

127 West Street Road, #201

Kennett Square, PA 19348

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695 West Baltimore Pike

West Grove, PA 19390

New Patients: (610) 255-7373

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100 Skiles Boulevard

West Chester, PA 19382

New Patients: (610) 363-2900

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