Some patients come to us concerned about their crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth and want answers because they are unhappy with the way their teeth appear. Other people choose not to straighten their teeth because they feel like this imperfection gives them character. While this is true and we believe that every smile is beautiful, we do feel like it’s important for you to understand the health problems that can be associated with crooked teeth so that you can make the most informed decisions possible about your oral health.
At Smith Dental, we recommend meeting with one of our Hillsboro dentists for a consultation about our straightening options – not just because of aesthetics, but also because crooked teeth can actually have a significant impact on your oral health.
The Impact of Crooked Teeth on Brushing and Flossing
One of the major concerns we have when it comes to teeth that are crooked, crowded, twisted, or overlapping is that it can be difficult to effectively brush and floss them. The space is too tight for a brush to get into, and you may have difficulty working floss into the area, as well. Sometimes, this difficulty causes people to give up on flossing altogether – which we definitely don’t want to see!
Even though the area is too tight for toothbrush bristles or dental floss, it’s practically wide open for microscopic bacteria, and the stage is set for decay and gum disease.
If you have gaps in your teeth, you may think you’re in the clear – but how many times have you had bits of food trapped in your gap? Not only is this embarrassing, it can also contribute to decay and bad breath.
Another significant concern when it comes to crooked teeth is the impact that they can have on your occlusion, or your bite. When teeth are crooked, overlap, or come in at an unusual angle, your bite doesn’t fit together how it’s meant to. This can lead to a number of issues including:
- Unusual wear or pressure on one side of your jaw
- Excessive wear and tear or tooth fractures
- Grinding and clenching (bruxism)
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD)
- Fatigue and muscle soreness
- Migraine headaches
Call for an Assessment
If you’ve been experiencing any of these conditions or you recognize the hygiene difficulties associated with crooked teeth, please call our Hillsboro dental office for an assessment. We can determine if orthodontic treatment is right for you. You may be a candidate for treatment with Six Month Smiles. If you need more extensive care, we are happy to discuss your options and get you on the path to a healthier smile.