Crooked Teeth and Health

If you have always thought crooked teeth affects only your appearance, you are mistaken. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the negative implication of crooked teeth extends to your dental and overall health.

Genes typically cause crooked teeth, just like with hair and eye color. Other causes could include premature loss of baby teeth, lousy childhood habits (such as tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, and pacifier usage), and severe facial injury,

Regardless of the cause, crooked teeth can affect your teeth negatively in many surprising ways – beyond your oral health to the rest of the body and mind.

Ways crooked teeth can affect the health

The difficulty with cleaning teeth

It is much harder for toothbrush bristles and flossers to reach the crevices of the crooked teeth. Over time, this may cause the buildup of food debris and bacteria.

Gum diseases

Periodontitis or gingivitis are two common results of having crooked teeth. Gum diseases occur when the mouth’s bacteria bond with the plaque. The issue is worse if the gum does not support the teeth properly, giving the bacteria a chance to fester.

Higher risk of tooth injury

Displaced or crooked upper teeth are more prone to cracking or chipping in the case of an accident.

Difficulty when chewing

Crooked teeth prevent proper alignment of the upper and lower teeth, making it difficult to chew a normally.

Bad breath

Coupled with the bad appearance of crooked teeth, they could smell bad. The bad breath is a result of bacteria present, which are hard to eliminate between the teeth.

Teeth degradation

When the teeth are overcrowded and protrude, they rub awkwardly against each other and can cause the tooth enamel to wear out over time.

Effect on Self-esteem and happiness

Studies have shown that having an attractive smile increasing how much you smile, reduce stress, and enhance cognitive ability. Having crooked teeth may make you smile less due to lack of confidence.

Effect on general health

Studies conducted by the ADA have shown that oral infections caused by bacteria accumulation can result in more severe health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, pneumonia, and stroke.

A perfect solution to crooked teeth

These health implications may spur you on to finally get a cosmetic procedure to have your teeth aligned. The dentist may recommend traditional braces or aligners such as Invisalign to correct the situation. Invisalign provides a straightforward and transparent method of realigning crooked teeth.

Invisalign is a recent technology that straightens the teeth with clear aligners. The aligner is worn up to 22 hours daily and only removed for eating, drinking, or brushing. The aligners have to be replaced with a new set to continue the process.

Invisalign provides patients, especially adults a non-invasive and less-conspicuous way to adjust the teeth. Unlike braces, they are lighter, easier to remove, and make brushing and flossing less cumbersome. They also prevent the buildup of stains on the teeth, which is a common concern with traditional braces.

What is the bottom line?

It may be surprising to realize the implications of crooked teeth on overall health, but it is true. Contact a professional dentist to discuss restoration options that can improve the appearance of your smile and help you live a healthier life.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Lake Ridge Dental Care, request an appointment in our Woodbridge office here: Or call us at (703) 651-1942.

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