If you see a crooked smile when you look in the mirror, it may be affecting your confidence. However, even if your confidence is not shaken by the appearance of your smile, crooked teeth can negatively impact your oral health. The longer you wait to address it, the more of an impact it can have on your overall oral health. A crooked smile can increase your odds of developing gum disease, tooth decay, tooth damage, jaw disorders, bruxism, and more. There are a few things that you should know about having a crooked smile, including the fact that you may be able to correct it without having to rely on traditional orthodontic braces.
It Can Affect Adults
A bad bite could have developed early in life, and if it was ignored, it could have resulted in a crooked smile. This makes early intervention important, so that issues can be dealt with in before problems happen. However, it is usually not too late to straighten a crooked smile. For adults that had a straight smile through their younger years, they may wonder how their smile became crooked in adulthood? Teeth can become crooked even if they have always been straight. For instance, an impacted wisdom tooth can put force on your teeth that can push them out of alignment.
The Negative Effects
For many people, teeth can become so obviously crooked, but for some people the imbalance is less noticeable. The most serious consequences of crooked teeth go beyond appearance, and can include damaged teeth, damaged jaw joints (TMJ disorder), tooth decay, gum disease, and more.
Can Be Treated With Discretion
Lots of people, mostly adults hesitate to seek treatment out of fear of the way that orthodontic braces will look on their smiles. Fortunately, many patients qualify for discreet, nearly invisible treatment using Invisalign® clear aligners.
Correcting a crooked smile can improve your oral health
Do you have a crooked smile that needs to be addressed? To schedule a consultation at Lake Country Orthodontics, you can call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846. We serve patients from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.