Crooked Teeth More Than A Cosmetic Problem

Friday, April 4th, 2014, 7:48 pm

Crooked teeth and misaligned bites are usually thought of as a purely cosmetic problem — after all don’t people get braces so their smile looks nicer?

Actually those crooked teeth and misaligned bites can cause a lot of damage over time. They can interfere with proper chewing and cause strain to the jaws and muscles. There is an increased risk of breaking a tooth that is out of place and keeping crossed teeth clean is almost impossible. This increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Teeth are crooked for a number of reasons. Some people have mouths that are too small for their teeth which causes them to crowd and shift. Sometimes the upper and lower jaws aren’t the same size which results in an overbite or and under bite. Many times crooked teeth are inherited from mom and dad, just like your blue eyes!

Most people can see if their teeth are crooked but your dentist will look for problems to determine whether the crookedness requires treatment. The dentist looks at the abnormal alignment of the teeth, the appearance of the face, speech difficulties and difficulty chewing correctly.

Orthodontic therapy, aka braces, has come a long way over the past several years. Many cases can now be resolved using invisible tray type braces that can be removed for eating and brushing. The old silver brackets and wires are long gone and new braces sport clear or tooth colored brackets so they can hardly be seen.

Getting braces as a child is a wonderful way to avoid problems later in life, but if you never had braces, or forgot to wear your retainers, it isn’t too late. More and more adults are wearing braces and as a result, have more beautiful and healthier smiles.

Find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA at 706-886-9439.

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