When your teeth are properly aligned, your mouth functions smoother. When your teeth are crooked, your smile’s appearance isn’t the only thing that suffers. Straightening crooked teeth is vital to ensuring your good oral health as well as improving your smile. Today, your Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, tests your knowledge of crooked teeth and the consequences of ignoring them.
All About Occlusion—True/False Quiz
1.) (T/F) Malocclusion, which describes crooked teeth that don’t fit together well, can lead to a host of dental problems if left untreated.
2.) (T/F) Metal brackets and wires are the only viable option for straightening crooked teeth.
3.) (T/F) When left untreated, crooked teeth can throw your bite off balance and lead to TMJ disorder.
4.) (T/F) Although crooked teeth can affect anyone, they’re only a concern for children, who’s teeth haven’t fully developed.
1.) TRUE—Crooked teeth can be unsightly, but more importantly, they’re at an increased risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease. The spaces and crevices created by oddly-angled teeth can provide bacterial dental plaque with extra hiding places, some of which may be out of reach of your toothbrush and floss.
2.) FALSE—There was a time when this was true, but modern orthodontic treatment has advanced quite a bit. For image-conscious patients, Dr. Cabal offers tooth-colored brackets and wires that blend in with your natural tooth structure, or Invisalign clear braces, which eschew traditional brackets and wires, instead using a series of clear acrylic aligners to gently force your teeth into position.
3.) TRUE—TMJ disorder describes a dysfunction with your jaw’s joints, called TMJs. When your teeth are crooked, your bite may have to work harder to maintain an adequate balance while biting, chewing, and speaking. The strain on your jaw can damage your TMJs and lead to the often-debilitating discomfort of TMJ disorder.
4.) FALSE—Crooked teeth are a concern for patients of all ages because of the disruption they can pose to your good oral hygiene. Whether you’re a child or an adult, you shouldn’t neglect straightening your teeth as soon as possible to keep your mouth safe, healthy, and working properly.
Learn More About Crooked Teeth from your Ft. Worth Orthodontist
To learn more about crooked teeth and how you can straighten them, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846 and schedule a consultation with your Ft. Worth orthodontist. Located in the 76179 area, we proudly serve families from Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, Ft. Worth, and all surrounding communities.