When your teeth are properly aligned, your mouth functions better. When your have crooked teeth, your smile’s appearance is not the only thing that suffers. Straightening your crooked teeth can help improve your oral health as well as improving your smile’s appearance. Let’s test your knowledge of crooked teeth and the consequences of not correcting them.
True/False Quiz – the Questions
1.) (T/F) Malocclusion, which means a misaligned bite, can lead to a variety of dental problems if left untreated.
2.) (T/F) Metal brackets braces are the only viable option for straightening crooked teeth.
3.) (T/F) When left untreated, crooked teeth can lead to imbalanced bite and lead to TMJ disorder.
4.) (T/F) Crooked teeth are only a problem for children and teenagers.
1.) TRUE—Crooked teeth can make you feel insecure about your appearance, but more importantly, they can cause an increased risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease. The spaces and crevices created by oddly-angled teeth can leave bacterial dental plaque with extra hiding places, and put them out of reach of your toothbrush and floss.
2.) FALSE—At one time this may have been true, but modern orthodontic treatment and technology has advanced. For image-conscious patients, Invisalign treatment, which can replace traditional brackets and wires by instead using a series of clear acrylic aligners to gently shift your teeth into position.
3.) TRUE—TMJ disorder describes a dysfunction with your jaw’s joints, called your temporomandibular joint. When your teeth are crooked, your bite may have to work harder to maintain balance while biting, chewing, and speaking. The strain on your jaw can lead to the often-debilitating discomfort of TMJ disorder.
4.) FALSE—Crooked teeth is concerning for patients of all ages because of the problems they can pose to your oral hygiene. Whether you are child, teen, or an adult, straightening your teeth as soon as possible can help keep your mouth safe, healthy, and working properly.
Do you need help with crooked teeth?
Is it time for you to ask Dr. Cabal smile questions? To schedule a consultation, call Lake Country Orthodontics in Ft. Worth, TX, at (817) 236-7846. We serve adults, teens, and children from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.