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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