Surprising Effects of Crooked Teeth
Many people are surprised to learn that crooked teeth have consequences other than just creating a bad appearance. Thankfully, treating your misaligned teeth with orthodontics doesn’t just help you look better, but it also benefits your health.
Misaligned teeth leave people susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay, fractures, damage, TMJ disorder, bad breath plus chronic headaches. Straightening out these teeth decreases the chances of these issues occurring.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Crooked and overcrowded teeth are more difficult to keep clean. The overlapping creates hidden spaces for bacteria to hide. Even when you’re vigilant about your oral care routine, you won’t be able to get all the bacteria buildup hiding in those nooks and crannies. Over time, this leads to gum disease and tooth decay. If this is allowed to progress, it’s possible to lose teeth.
Those bacteria hiding in the mouth lead to bad breath as well. The leftover particles of food aren’t removed properly during brushing and flossing. Over time, this turns into foul odors coming from the mouth.
Misaligned teeth bump each other at strange angles. This creates unnecessary wear on the teeth and causes cracks, fractures and chips over time. Left untreated, they might even lead to infections as the bacteria make its way into the tooth.
TMJ Disorder and Chronic Headaches
A misaligned bite wears down your teeth and your jaw. The temporomandibular joint is a hinge on your jaw. This becomes overworked and leads to TMJ disorder. Symptoms include pain in the face, cheeks and jaw as well as locking and popping. Patients may also experience chronic headaches as a result of the pressure.
If your teeth are misaligned, you need treatment to protect you from these ailments and to provide you with a better smile. Contact Summit NJ General Dentist for treatment options.