The Real Concerns About Crooked Teeth

The appearance of your smile is a significant concern when your teeth are crooked. After all, your smile is a dominant feature of your overall appearance, and your confidence in it can have a strong impact on your self-confidence. Nevertheless, there are several deeper concerns about crooked teeth than just your smile’s appearance. When your teeth aren’t properly aligned, your smile is at a significantly higher risk of several types of dental health issues. Therefore, correcting crooked teeth plays a more important role than just improving your self-confidence.

Ineffective dental hygiene

Cleaning your teeth and gums is a cornerstone of good dental hygiene. Yet, when your teeth aren’t aligned right, the jutting and overlapping edges can make it more difficult to thoroughly clean food particles and oral bacteria from their surfaces. This increases your risks of issues such as cavity and gum disease development, both of which result from excessive oral bacteria accumulation.

Jaw and bite problems

For your bite to work properly, your upper and lower teeth must meet each other squarely when you bite down. If they don’t, then your jaw joints and muscles will struggle to compensate every time you bite, chew, and speak. Over time, the extra stress can lead to chronic teeth-grinding and/or a jaw dysfunction such as TMJ disorder.

Greater risk of tooth loss

Whether it’s due to an advanced dental disease or severe damage due to your bite’s imbalance, your risks of losing one or more teeth are significantly higher when your teeth are crooked. In some cases, an extremely misaligned tooth may need to be extracted in order to successfully realign the rest of your teeth.

Customized Orthodontics to Straighten Crooked Teeth

With a variety of orthodontic solutions, we can help you find the best solution for straightening your crooked teeth and avoiding the potential issues that they can lead to. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can reach our Six Month Smiles office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.

Ready to fall in love with your smile, but not sure where to start? Send us a photo or a question of your smile, and Dr. Lathrop will respond!