Crooked teeth make it difficult to properly clean all surfaces of the affected teeth. Patients with crooked teeth are more susceptible to developing tooth decay and even gum disease. When teeth are not thoroughly cleaned, bacteria can begin to develop causing tooth decay, infection and periodontal disease.
Crooked teeth can also negatively impact the function and comfort of the bite. Many patients with crooked teeth experience TMJ related pain symptoms. TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a chronic pain disorder caused by an irregular bite or trauma to the jaw joint.
#1. Red, Swollen Gums
Crooked teeth can lead to red, swollen gums. Gum health is as much a part of oral health as your teeth. When you have crooked teeth, the part of the tooth that you can’t see—that is hidden beneath the gum line—is crooked, too. This crookedness can lead to gum irritation and inflammation, which shows itself as red and swollen gums. When your gums are in this sensitive condition, you can’t properly clean teeth along the gum line, which further increases the odds of poor oral health.
#2. Interference With Proper Chewing
It can be a lot tougher to chew properly when you have crooked teeth as the chewing process relies on a properly aligned jaw and teeth. There should be proper contact between the lower and the upper teeth to make sure that chewing happens the way it should. Crooked teeth ensure that your food is not chewed up properly which can lead to further problems with digestion and even nourishment as well.
#3. Increased Risk of Tooth Decay
There is an increased risk of you cracking, chipping or breaking a tooth. This usually occurs because you have to readjust the position of your jaw to eat or speak. Usually, the excessive amount of contact on certain parts of your teeth can lead to teeth fracture or chipped tooth.
#4. Increased Chances of Chronic Halitosis
When you can’t brush and floss teeth efficiently, as is the case with crooked teeth, the chances of developing chronic halitosis are increased. Halitosis, or bad breath as it is commonly called, occurs as the result of poor dental hygiene, which can be a direct outcome of crooked teeth.
#5. Excessive Jaw Strain and Pain
Persons with crooked teeth often unconsciously adjust their jaw movement to enable easier chewing or speaking. This constant adjustment can lead to jaw strain and pain that sometimes even gets so bad it can become a condition known as TMJ.
#6. Increased Likelihood of Cracking or Breaking a Tooth
Misaligned and crooked teeth can lead to one or more of your teeth sticking out and rubbing up against the rest of your teeth which can lead to an uneven wearing down of the tooth enamel over time. This can be even more harmful if you happen to suffer from bruxism in your sleep causing your crooked teeth to rub up against each other a lot more with force which can lead to erosion, cracking or even broken teeth.
#7. Progression of Gingivitis or Periodontal Disease
The poor oral hygiene that comes from having crooked teeth can quickly lead to the progression of gingivitis or periodontal disease. This occurs due to the ease with which the bacteria that causes the disease can accumulate in the spaces between your crooked teeth. This problem can become even more severe if your gums don’t fit properly around your crooked and misaligned teeth which leads to the formation of pockets in which colonies of bacteria can thrive. This leads to tooth loss and severe periodontal disease along with other problems.
These two stages of teeth and gum disease are extremely serious and threatening to overall health as well as oral health. Gingivitis may be treated, but with crooked teeth, the chances of it returning are very high. Periodontal disease can ultimately lead to the need for oral surgery or even tooth loss.
Treatment Options For Crooked Teeth
If you’ve been delaying treatment for crooked teeth, it’s time to act. Getting crooked teeth fixed isn’t an act of vanity. It’s a responsible thing to do that will help to ensure you have good oral health and overall health.
- Invisalign: Invisalign is an effective and discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. Using state of the art 3-D imaging, a series of clear aligners will be designed and worn to gradually straighten teeth.
- Dental Veneers:: For crooked teeth that only present a cosmetic concern, dental veneers can be used to correct the appearance of the smile. Dental veneers are made from high-quality ceramic and are permanently adhered to the front and sides of the tooth.
- Dental Crowns: Dental crowns cover the entire tooth like a cap. Your Oxnard Ventura County Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Saj Jivraj use dental crowns in cases where there are also concerns with the health and/or stability of the tooth, such as cavities, tooth wear or broken teeth.
- Cosmetic Bonding: Cosmetic bonding is an excellent option for improving the appearance of crooked teeth. Applied directly to the tooth, this procedure is quick and cost effective for treating crooked teeth.
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