Are Crooked Teeth Really An Issue Other Than Cosmetic?
Crooked teeth can affect the health and appearance of your smile if left untreated. Patients with crooked teeth are at a higher risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and bite disorders.
Problems That Crooked Teeth Can Cause If Untreated
- Difficulty Cleaning
Toothbrush bristles and floss have a difficult time reaching the crevices between crooked teeth, which can lead to bacteria growth, plaque buildup, and leftover food debris.
- Great Risk Of Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by bacteria and plaque in the mouth. As stated above, crooked teeth cause a challenge to properly clean your teeth which ultimately can lead to a greater risk of developing gum disease.
- Tooth Damage
Crooked teeth often mean that your teeth are overcrowded and overlap with one another. This will cause your teeth to overlap and grind against teeth that they normally would not rub against. This will increase the chance of an injury related to the chipping or cracking of your teeth.
- Eating Issues
When the biting surfaces of the teeth are misaligned, it can also affect the alignment of the jaw, making it difficult to chew and enjoy your favorite meals.
- Chronic Bad Breath
Also referred to as Halitosis, bad breath can be a deal breaker in many situations in your life such as dating, and the work environment. Crooked teeth make it more difficult to remove lingering mouth bacteria and leftover food particles, making your breath smell very bad and difficult to hide.
- Self Esteem
Frequent smiling often comes with frequent happiness and success. If you have to hide your smile due to crooked teeth or one of the many other oral health issues that they cause, then you are not living up to your full potential.
Schedule A Consultation
We can help you find the right solution for your smile. If you would like to explore your treatment options for crooked teeth, contact Owings Mills Dental Care at 410-314-9546 or request an appointment online.