We see them everywhere: bright, white smiles. Many people strive for perfect smiles to achieve an aesthetically pleasing look. However, most don’t realize that perfectly aligned teeth help achieve optimal oral health and better overall health.
Repercussions Associated with Crooked Teeth
There a several reasons why teeth become crooked, overlap, or twist. An individual’s mouth can be too small for their teeth, which causes them to crowd and shift in order to fit. On the other hand, a person’s lower and upper jaw might be malformed or different in size. If not straightened, crowded teeth could lead to complications such as stress on the jaw, tooth decay or gum disease.
When teeth are crooked, your bite is not correctly aligned for normal activities like chewing or talking. Your teeth hit and rub against each other in ways they are not designed to do.
Without proper procedures to correct it, the stress causes your teeth to wear down, chip, or fracture. The jaw ultimately undergoes premature wear and tear, causing pain in the joint and difficultly chewing.
Proper hygiene is essential to maintain oral health. Straight teeth provide easier access to areas around the gums and reduce the buildup to tartar and plaque on teeth. This reduces the total bacteria count in the mouth.
Crooked teeth hinder an individual’s ability to properly brush and floss important areas in the mouth, specifically around the gums. Plaque and tartar accumulate easier from the lack of cleanliness and eat away at your teeth, resulting in tooth decay. Over time, a lack of constant hygiene leads to periodontal disease and possibly tooth loss.
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support and surround your teeth. Since gum disease is usually painless, it goes undetected by affected individuals. An abundance of plaque buildup in the mouth causes gum disease. Proper oral hygiene habits eliminates the bacteria growth.
Some warning signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen and tender gums
- Gums which bleed easily
- Bad breath
- Permanent teeth which are loose or separating
Methods to Realign Teeth
Methods provided by your dentistry expert help increase your oral health. Cosmetic dentistry methods such as invisible braces and retainers align your teeth properly. Aligning teeth relieves the stress placed on the jaw and makes brushing and flossing easier in maintaining a healthy mouth.
For example, Six Month Smiles® and ClearCorrect™ provide effective and inconspicuous orthodontic treatments. Six Month Smiles® utilizes clear brackets and low force to gently move your teeth to a more ideal position in about six months. ClearCorrect™, like the other method, uses transparent, removable aligners to slowly correct your teeth.
At White River Dental, we provide high-quality treatments to our patients. Our specialists customize our Six Month Smiles® and ClearCorrect™ treatments for each patient in order to find the right fit for you. If you have any questions on our cosmetic dentistry options, contact us, and we’ll walk you through our treatments so you move closer to a better smile!