Would I really need braces or Invisalign just for one tooth?

Hi all.

As the thread title states, would I really need braces or invisalign to straighten only 1 tooth?

That's what the NHS dentist told me.

It's a crown on the top front tooth btw.

Thanks.

Comments

  • theoretica
    theoretica Posts: 12,297 Forumite
    First Post Name Dropper Photogenic First Anniversary
    Is your question about whether it could be straightened by some other means, or whether it could be left crooked?
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
    Lewis Carroll
  • Is your question about whether it could be straightened by some other means, or whether it could be left crooked?
    I'd like it to be straightened because a gap of about 4mm has formed due to my grinding the tooth over the years (due to lifting heavy weights).

    The only option given was braces. Invisalign was what I thought is the alternative.
  • Toothsmith
    Toothsmith Posts: 10,074 Forumite
    First Post Name Dropper First Anniversary
    It is rarely possibly to consider one tooth in complete isolation from everything around it. 

    There is so little detail in your post, though, that it's impossible to even begin to guess what you're asking.

    But even if there were pages of detail, other than really general advice, I'd still say only a dentist who can actually see you can advise you properly. 
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • Conrad3000
    Conrad3000 Posts: 143 Forumite
    First Anniversary First Post Combo Breaker
    edited 10 September 2022 at 10:13PM
    Hi Toothsmith.

    Basically one of the upper front teeth has a crown and due to the grinding over the years, it seems it's gone crooked.

    I just want it either to go back to it's original position without the gap, or replacing it entirely if that's possible.
  • Toothsmith
    Toothsmith Posts: 10,074 Forumite
    First Post Name Dropper First Anniversary
    If you're grinding your teeth, then that action is moving the tooth from where it was, to where it is now. However you get it 'put back' - if those grinding forces are continuing, they will just move it back out again. 
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • I've stopped using weights so the grinding issue has come to a halt (no pun intended).

    So what would the solution be, TS? What options do I have?
  • Toothsmith
    Toothsmith Posts: 10,074 Forumite
    First Post Name Dropper First Anniversary
    I have no idea, as I can't see you! 

    Go by what the dentist who's seen you has told you. If you feel that's wrong, get a second opinion from another dentist who can see your mouth. 
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
Meet your Ambassadors

Categories

  • All Categories
  • 343.1K Banking & Borrowing
  • 250.1K Reduce Debt & Boost Income
  • 449.7K Spending & Discounts
  • 235.2K Work, Benefits & Business
  • 607.9K Mortgages, Homes & Bills
  • 173K Life & Family
  • 247.8K Travel & Transport
  • 1.5M Hobbies & Leisure
  • 15.9K Discuss & Feedback
  • 15.1K Coronavirus Support Boards