Crooked Teeth Affect Dental Health

Thursday, March 27th, 2014, 4:51 pm

Most people think that crooked teeth are just a cosmetic problem, but crooked teeth can affect your dental health.

Teeth grow in crooked for a number of reasons. Sometimes a mouth is too small for the teeth which causes crowding and shifting. Crooked teeth can also occur when a person’s upper and lower jaws aren’t the same size or are malformed resulting in an overbite or under bite. Our teeth can also shift as we age, often leading to crowding of the front lower teeth. Most often, crooked teeth are part of the genetic traits you inherited from your parents.

Dental health problems can result from crooked teeth. These problems include:

  • Problems chewing food
  • Placing strain on the jaw joints and muscles
  • Increased risk of breaking a tooth
  • Making brushing and flossing properly more difficult which increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay
  • Causing low self-esteem because of an unattractive smile

OK, that last one wasn’t really a dental health issue but it is unfortunate that some people won’t smile or laugh without feeling self-conscious. Many hesitate, then place a hand in front of their face in order to laugh.

The dental ramifications of leaving those crooked teeth alone can turn into a large expense over time. If you didn’t have braces as a child or your teeth have shifted as an adult then adult orthodontics could be the answer.

Choices For Adult Orthodontics

The old silver brackets and bulky wires are long gone. Today choices for adult orthodontics include braces that use clear brackets that are nearly invisible. Don’t want anyone to know you are getting your teeth straightened? You may be a candidate for “invisible” braces such as Invisalign. Invisalign uses a series of clear custom trays to move your teeth into their proper positions. They are nearly impossible to see while being worn and you can remove them for eating and cleaning your teeth.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today to find out more about adult orthodontics and how a straighter smile can help keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime. We can be reached at 706-886-9439.

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