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Jan
31

Oral Health Problems Linked With Crooked Teeth

Posted in Braces

Crooked teeth aren’t just a cosmetic problem – they can also cause oral health concerns.  When your teeth are not lined up properly when you bite down, it can put a lot of pressure on certain teeth. This impacts more than just your biting patterns – it can affect other teeth in your mouth, your gum health, and even your jaws.

Some of the most common problems caused by crooked teeth include:

Periodontal (Gum) Disease – Crooked teeth are hard to keep clean.  It is difficult to brush and floss around them, which leaves plaque in between your teeth. Ultimately, this means crowded teeth typically have a higher risk of gum disease.  Untreated gum disease can lead loss of the bone support, followed by tooth loss.

Premature Wear – Since crooked teeth make your bite uneven, some of your teeth can get heavier amounts of pressure on them, which can cause them to wear down quicker than others.

Chipping or cracked enamel – Due to the added pressure from crooked teeth not being properly lined up, your teeth can start to chip or break.

TMJ Disorder – Crooked teeth cause uneven bites, which alters the natural function and pressure distributed through the TMJ (jaw) joint.

This first step in preventing these problems from developing is to ask your orthodontist about straightening your teeth. If they are maintained properly, straight teeth are able to last longer and don’t require near the amount of dental work that crowded teeth typically do.

Do you have crooked teeth?  If so, call your orthodontist to schedule a consultation to discuss what tooth-straightening options are available. You might be surprised at how convenient straightening your teeth really can be.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

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