When you have teeth that are crooked, it can make you feel embarrassed about your smile. You may have considered orthodontic treatment as a way to boost your confidence, but there are more health-centric reasons to straighten your smile. Straighter teeth have a lower risk of developing problems like tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, chronic headaches, TMJ disorder, and surface damage to your teeth. Straightening your misaligned teeth can improve your oral health, while improving the way you feel about your smile’s appearance.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
A misalignment of your teeth can cause them to push together and overlap, which can create nooks and crannies. Nooks and crannies that can become hiding places for bacteria are hard to clean. Brushing and flossing is more challenging with crooked teeth, which can leave bacteria hiding in nooks and crannies. Harmful bacteria can turn into harmful acid that attacks the enamel of your teeth causing tooth decay. A buildup of harmful plaque and bacteria under your gums is what causes gum disease.
Letting bacteria build up and linger inside of your mouth can also cause bad breath.
The misalignment of your teeth can lead to an uneven amount of pressure applied to your teeth and jaw. This pressure can lead to an overworking and tension that can lead to chronic headaches.
The temporomandibular joint, the hinge of your jaw, can take on the brunt of the pressure caused by tooth misalignment. Eventually this can lead to you developing TMJ disorder. Symptoms of TMJ disorder can include pain in the face, temples, neck, and shoulders, jaw popping and painful lock jaw.
Misalignment can cause unnatural friction between teeth that they were not designed to bear. This friction can cause tiny fractures leaving the teeth vulnerable to breakage and decay. Teeth that protrude into one another can be in danger of breaking during biting or chewing.
Crooked teeth can lead to oral health issues.
Orthodontic treatment can decrease the risk of developing problems associated with crooked teeth. We serve adults, teens, and children from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities. To schedule a consultation, call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846.