The Harm Caused By Crooked Teeth

The Harm Caused By Crooked TeethIf your teeth are crooked, it could make you feel insecure when you look in the mirror. You may feel an overwhelming desire to straighten your teeth in an effort to increase your confidence. It is important to note, however, that straightening your smile has importance that goes well beyond appearance. Crooked teeth can cause harm to your smile by increasing your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, smile damage, jaw problems, and even tooth loss. There are several options of straightening your teeth in Fort Worth, TX, and the goal of all of them is to help reduce the risk of these potential harms to your smile. 

Cleaning Is More Difficult

Cleaning your teeth and gums is the most important way to keeping harmful bacteria from causing gum disease and tooth decay. But when your teeth and bite are incorrectly aligned, your toothbrush and floss cannot properly do their jobs of removing bacteria-filled plaque. If your hygiene routines are made ineffective or less effective by misalignment, plaque can be left in your mouth long enough to harden into tartar and cause smile problems.

Susceptibility to Damage and Loss

Teeth that are crooked are more susceptible to severe damage due to the imbalanced pressure of your bite. If teeth are at wonky angles making them point towards each other, biting and chewing can lead to the teeth damaging each other. The odds of tooth loss can increase when the odds of decay, damage, and gum disease are increased.

Jaw Strain and Disorder

Your upper and lower teeth should meet each other squarely each time you bite and chew. Proper alignment and symmetry in both the upper and lower dental ridges is required for proper alignment. When the ridges do not properly line up, your jaw muscles have to overcompensate. This overcompensation can cause the joints of your jaw to become overworked, strained, and damaged.

Straightening your smile can reduce these possible harms

Crooked teeth can harm more than just your smile’s appearance. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.