Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?
Most people think of straight teeth as only affecting the cosmetics of your smile. But, did you know that your crooked teeth could be harming your dental health?
Crooked, twisted or otherwise misaligned teeth can be caused by a number of physical factors, including:
Small jaw bones.
Early loss of baby or adult teeth.
Thumb-sucking and other mouthing behaviors.
Long-term use of a pacifier.
Overcrowding due to too many teeth.
Gaps between teeth, giving enough space for your teeth to shift and twist.
Gingivitis and other periodontal problems.
Improper fit and use of dental restorations.
However, the most frequent cause of orthodontic problems is genetics. If your teeth aren’t straight, then we might recommend considering an orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign®.
Crooked Teeth – More Than a Cosmetic Concern
Having a less than perfectly straight smile can be a major cosmetic concern for some patients. Crooked teeth might affect your confidence, which could impact your professional and personal relationships. However, straight teeth are also important for your long-term oral and general health.
Health Benefits of Straight Teeth
Easier to Clean
By far the biggest problem associated with crooked teeth is being able to thoroughly clean them. Even a patient with the most disciplined oral hygiene routine will struggle to adequately clean every part of their teeth and gums, if the teeth aren’t straight.
Why is cleaning crooked teeth so much harder?
When teeth are crooked, twisted or overlap, they do not sit flush against each other as they should. This can cause tiny, even microscopic, gaps between the teeth, and between the teeth and gums. It is in these tiny gaps that food debris and bacteria can accumulate. Brushing with a small, round-headed brush and flossing each day can help to clear some of the gaps, but inevitably some particles remain, which can cause plaque and gum disease.
When teeth are too widely spaced or too crowded, the gum can become damaged and put you at risk of developing periodontal disease. By straightening your teeth, you help the gums to fit more securely around your teeth and create a stronger barrier against the condition.
Reduces head and neck pain
Crooked teeth can place excessive strain on the bones and gums that support them, which can manifest in chronic or repetitive head and neck pain.
Prevents abnormal tooth wear
Another common problem with crooked teeth is that some tend to jut out and rub against others, causing erosion and uneven tooth wear. Over time this can contribute to bite and chewing problems.
Helps to protect against injury
Patients who have ‘rabbit teeth’ – protruding upper teeth – find that they are much more likely to be damaged if they were to have an accident.
Reduced stress and improved self-esteem
Being happy with your smile can improve your confidence and make you feel less stressed about dealing with problems in your life. Your emotional and mental wellbeing is vitally important to your overall health.
Better overall health
Untreated dental problems have been linked to a plethora of different medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, pneumonia, stroke and even Alzheimer’s Disease. By taking steps to improve your oral health, you can also positively impact your overall health and wellbeing.