Are my crooked teeth more than a cosmetic issue?
Crooked teeth may make you feel too embarrassed to smile, but they can also increase your risk of dental health issues. Crooked teeth are an oral health concern that may impact the function of your jaw, the alignment of your bite, and your overall oral health.
What other dental issues can crooked teeth cause?
Tooth decay: Toothbrush bristles and floss have a difficult time reaching the nooks and crannies between crooked teeth, which can lead to bacteria growth.
Gum disease: Developing periodontal, or gum disease is a common ramification of crooked teeth. Gum disease develops when bacteria in our mouth form into plaque. The problem accentuates when your gums don’t fit securely around your teeth, leaving more room for bacteria to grow.
TMJ: The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the base of the skull. The joint is surrounded by many delicate muscles, tendons, and sensitive nerve endings. When the jaw is not properly aligned, it can cause added tension resulting in pain in the face, neck, and jaw.
Complex bite issues: Protruding upper and lower teeth may rub together in a way that prevents normal jaw alignment, making it difficult to chew.
Bad Breath: As bad as crooked teeth look, they can smell even worse. Unless you’ve just eaten an onion, bad breath is generally caused by lingering mouth bacteria, which can be difficult to eradicate from in between crooked teeth.
Insecurities: Several studies have indicated that a better-looking smile increases the amount you smile, which can lower stress and improve cognitive ability. Having crooked teeth may reduce your confidence in your smile, thus reducing how much you show your pearly whites.
Solutions for a straighter smile
Dr. Heather Adams is a Rogers, AR area Invisalign provider. Dr. Adams offers Invisalign clear aligners for addressing adult orthodontic relapse and correcting mild to moderate cosmetic orthodontic issues. Patients with TMJ may also benefit from realigning their teeth with Invisalign.
Clear aligners are discreet and effective and can realign your bite in just 12-18 months. Invisalign affords teens and adults a more professional alternative to traditional metal braces without compromising results. Patients enjoy the nearly invisible and comfortable aligners.
Schedule A Consultation Today
If you have crooked teeth and would like to explore your options for treatment, visit our Rogers dentist office. To schedule an appointment, call (479) 431-4212 or request a new patient appointment online.