Misaligned or crooked teeth may leave you feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious about your smile, but the effects of a less than perfect smile may stem much deeper than just the exterior, meaning crooked teeth might actually be affecting your oral health.
Crooked Teeth – How They May Affect Your Oral Health
Teeth with tight contacts and/or teeth that overlap can make cleaning in between the teeth very challenging. Flossing, in particular, may feel quite difficult and your toothbrush may be unable to clean properly between the teeth and the gum line, leading to a buildup of plaque on the gum line and contacts of the teeth. This build up over time can lead to gum disease. Learn more about gum disease here.
Not only can misaligned teeth cause a serious disease like gum disease, but the build-up of bacteria and plaque can lead to bad breath.
Abnormal Wear/Surface Damage
Teeth that are not spaced correctly can lead to abnormal friction, meaning teeth that rub or press against one another can cause a force on the teeth that they are not meant to withstand. This can lead to small fractures throughout the tooth/teeth and wearing down tooth surfaces.
Other Potential Issues
Prone to food getting caught in between the teeth
Interfere with chewing
Increased tooth decay
Once upon a time, your only option for fixing a less than perfect smile was wire braces, which were less than ideal for adults. However, today there are other invisible options! Now, with our smile design services, adults can correct their smile without anyone even knowing!
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