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Mar
27

Why Crooked Teeth are Unhealthy Teeth

Posted in Orthodontics

A crooked smile may seem like an aesthetic concern, but it goes much further. Crowded, uneven, or gapped teeth can create long-term oral health complications if they aren’t addressed quickly.

Here are some of the most common problems seen in or caused by crooked teeth:

Gum Disease

Crooked teeth are at a high risk to develop gum disease, because of their ability to harbor bacterial plaque. Buildup between the teeth and below the gumlines is harder to reach, causing inflammation, bleeding, and bone loss. Daily flossing is essential, as well as routine preventive cleanings at least twice a year (if not more often.) 

Flat Teeth

Unnatural bites create pressure points at irregular locations. Although your teeth are designed from the hardest substance in your body, they can’t withstand abnormal, chronic wear. If teeth bite end-to-end, the enamel of opposing teeth will cause the opposite one to wear down to a flat edge. 

Broken Restorations

Excessive pressure or wear on your porcelain crowns, bridges, or fillings will eventually cause them to break. Replacing the restoration may not be the answer. It could be that your bite needs to be adjusted – especially if your filling keeps falling out.

TMJ Disorder

As your jaw makes accommodations for efficient chewing, it can create strain on the joint. This leads to muscle pain, fatigue, and headaches. Orthodontic therapy may be part of a comprehensive plan to treat TMJ disorder.

Getting a straighter smile is more than just feeling good about the way your teeth look. It’s about ensuring the health of your teeth for years to come. Ask your dentist what type of smile straightening options are right for you!

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

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