Dental Tips Blog

Sep
9

Three Reasons Why Having Crooked Teeth Can Be Damaging To Your Smile

Posted in Orthodontics

Crooked teeth may be an aesthetic concern for most people, but it can go a lot deeper than that. People with crooked teeth are much more prone to experiencing dental problems and may have more complications later on if their teeth aren’t realigned with orthodontic treatment.

Here are a few examples:

Crowded teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease

When teeth are crowded together, they’re more difficult to keep clean. As a result, they often get more cavities as well as plaque and tartar buildup. This bacteria also contributes to gum disease around the tooth, which will destroy the supporting structures that hold the teeth in place. Teeth may then become mobile and fall out if the condition continues to worsen. 

Protruded front teeth and overbites can increase a person’s risk to dental fractures

It’s not hard to imagine why accidents like bumps, falls, or a sporting injury can fracture the front teeth. When a person has an overbite or their front teeth stick out further than normal, their risk of injury is even greater. By bringing these teeth back into proper alignment, accident risks can be reduced. 

Problems like TMJ disorders or migraines may develop

When teeth don’t fit together properly, it causes them to wear abnormally as well as disrupt the natural function of the jaw. Over time, this strains the jaw muscles and related tissues, as well as prematurely wears down the teeth.

By correcting the alignment of your teeth, you can reduce your risks of developing these conditions. Ask your dentist what options are available to help your smile be healthier and more beautiful.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Marianna Weiner, Envy Smile Dental Spa

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Jul
11

White Spots on Your Teeth

Posted in Orthodontics

White spotted areas are usually just a cosmetic concern of dental patients, but to your dentist they are a signal of weakening tooth enamel. There are some circumstances that place someone at risk to develop white spots, and there are also things you can do to help them go away. Little do many people know, cavities actually start out as white spots!

Perhaps the most common sign of white spot lesions are those that are seen after an orthodontic patient has had their braces removed. There may be white spots or circles on the teeth where the bracket was once bonded. These lesions are due to long-term exposure to plaque that was not removed adequately. As a result, the plaque began to cause erosion of enamel as it always does when decay is beginning to form. Similar signs may be seen in permanent teeth as they erupt farther into an older child’s mouth, if oral hygiene is lacking.

High levels of acid exposure from drinks or candy may also trigger erosion of enamel. As minerals seep out and the tooth weakens, a white porous area is left. If left unaddressed, this area will continue to weaken into a cavity. It may or may not turn brown. Some people even appear to have spots if they breath through their mouths or are experiencing a brief illness.

Fortunately, supplemental fluoride use can help remineralize these weakened areas and help restore them to their normal appearance. An over the counter rinse may be effective, or if decalcification is extensive your dentist may write you a prescription for a stronger gel solution. If you have white spots or discolorations on your teeth, it’s a good idea for you to have your dentist check them and help you intervene before it’s too late.

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