How to fix a ‘snaggle tooth’: options, costs and more.

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Table of Contents

  1. Snaggle Tooth
  2. Treatment & Cost
  3. Long-Term Options
  4. References

A tooth that is twisted, or pushed forward or behind the rest of your teeth, is sometimes referred to as a snaggle tooth.

You have a lot of options to fix a snaggle tooth, including braces, aligners, veneers, or tooth contouring.

What is a snaggle tooth?

This is simply a tooth that is misaligned with the others in your mouth. Perhaps it is turned at an angle while the others are not, or it may be pushed forward or behind your other teeth. A snaggle tooth may also be broken, giving it a pointy appearance.

A snaggle tooth will rarely cause serious oral hygiene issues, but you may feel embarrassed about your appearance because of it. Some countries prize a snaggle tooth as fashionable or beautiful, but in the United States, it is not considered part of an ideal appearance.

The presence of a snaggle tooth indicates that your teeth are crowded together. It is a relatively easy situation to fix.

A snaggle tooth is a broken or crooked tooth that looks out of line compared to your other teeth and this can impact your confidence, but a snaggle tooth is relatively easy to fix.

Ways to fix a snaggle tooth and their costs.

Pediatric dentists monitor children’s teeth and will recommend braces, usually during the teenage years, to straighten the teeth. Even if you had braces as a teen, you may have alignment issues as an adult.

Your teeth continue to move throughout life because of genetics, wisdom tooth crowding, oral health, and various habits like smoking. It is normal for most people’s teeth to move, and increasingly, adults are turning to various options to improve the alignment of their teeth.

Here are some of the most popular options to fix a snaggle tooth or other crowding or alignment problems:

Traditional Braces

This is usually considered the best way to fix severe alignment problems, including one twisted or crooked tooth that has caused others to misalign. The technology behind braces is well understood so they work well to correct the issue. However, they are bulky and very obvious, which can be especially embarrassing for adults.

The cost of traditional braces ranges from $4,000 to $7,000.

Invisible or Lingual Braces

Made from metal, these braces attach to your teeth through various bonding mechanisms, but they are behind your teeth, rather than on the front. Because of their placement, they will not be visible to others.

There are downsides to lingual braces. You may speak with a lisp for the first few weeks. They are harder to adjust. You will have to avoid certain foods like carrots, which can dislodge the braces.

The average cost for this procedure ranges from $6,000 to $13,000, depending on the metal used, the skill of your dentist, the cost of living in your area, and how intricately the materials must be bonded to your teeth.

Aligners

Clear plastic aligners became popular thanks to Invisalign, but more companies now offer versions of these aligners that are customized to improve your bite for very low cost. You can even undergo the entire process at home, receiving new aligners in the mail, with a treatment plan overseen remotely by an orthodontist.

You must comply with the aligner treatment plan, whether you choose traditional aligners or doctor-monitored, at-home aligners. If you do not wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day, your teeth will not straighten properly.

Depending on where you receive aligners, they can cost anywhere from $1,200 to $8,000 for the whole course of treatment. The full treatment schedule usually lasts between six months and a year.

Veneers

These are porcelain exteriors that are attached to your teeth. They are often used if one or two teeth are broken or slightly misaligned. These may also be used to improve the color of your teeth, making them whiter.

Veneers are customized to fit your teeth. They may need to be replaced over time since they will not last as long as a natural tooth.

One veneer can cost between $500 and $4,000. Getting four to six veneers for the top, front teeth, which is a common cosmetic procedure, can cost $2,000 to $24,000, depending on where you have this procedure completed. Since it is usually a cosmetic procedure, it is unlikely your dental insurance will cover the cost.

Tooth Contouring

If your snaggle tooth is broken or juts out a little bit, but not much, tooth contouring may be a good option to improve your overall appearance. Small amounts of the tooth will be shaved down, without destabilizing too much of the enamel. This procedure is the least expensive, but it will not correct every type of snaggle tooth.

Generally, the cost of tooth contouring ranges from $50 to $500, depending on how extensive the procedure needs to be. Since it is usually cosmetic, your dental insurance will not cover it. Rare cases may make it medically necessary, like after an accident or injury that damages the tooth.

Best long-term options for fixing a snaggle tooth.

The optimal method to correct your snaggle tooth depends on its severity as well as how the rest of your teeth are aligned. If you have a severe case of misalignment, including extensive bite issues, braces or Invisalign may be your best bet.

Doctor-monitored, at-home aligners are often the most effective and affordable option to correct minor to moderate issues, including a mild snaggle tooth. These plastic, customized aligners are inexpensive. You can often pay in installments, and the treatment plan takes much less time than braces.

Aligners are significantly less invasive than surgeries or cosmetic procedures like veneers or tooth contouring.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to serve as dental or other professional health advice and is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any condition or symptom. You should consult a dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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