Crooked Teeth & Your Smile
Misaligned teeth are more common than many may imagine. However, some people remain unaware of the multiple causes of crooked teeth or the potential health benefits of corrective treatments.
So, what causes crooked teeth?
An underbite or overbite is, more often than not, an inherited characteristic. If your jaw misalignment is not causing you any health problems, you shouldn’t feel guilted into changing your signature smile for aesthetic reasons unless that is something you really want.
Breathing through your mouth
Mouth breathers can cause all sorts of problems in relation to their oral health. Those who don’t intuitively breathe through their noses place excess pressure on their teeth during periods of rest and when delivering long speeches. Over time, such abnormal pressure often results in misaligned teeth.
Inflamed tonsils and/or adenoids
Enlarged tonsils will push the tongue forward and prevent it from resting in a natural position in the oral cavity. As a result, teeth are put under excess pressure. Enlarged adenoids can cause chronic mouth breathing, which is a contributing factor to crooked teeth.
A substandard daily dental care routine
Regular dental appointments are important, but they are not a substitute for committing to a daily oral hygiene regime. If you slack off on at-home dental care, expect to suffer from excess cavities and potential gum disease, which can both eventually result in crooked teeth.
Sustaining a facial injury
Any high-impact facial injury can result in lost teeth, which consequentially typically leads to the misalignment of all remaining healthy teeth.
Congenital abnormalities are often a major contributing factor to crooked teeth in adults. If you were born with missing tooth root stem cells, it’s almost inevitable that gaps in your smile will develop over time as the limited available structures attempt to distribute the load.
Why are crooked teeth a problem?
Besides the aesthetics, crooked teeth can also result in many serious health issues, such as:
Periodontal disease – Misaligned, crooked, or overcrowded teeth make maintaining oral hygiene harder. Poor mouth hygiene can cause gum disease and tooth decay. If gum disease is left untreated, periodontitis can result.
Breathing issues – Crooked teeth can cause, or be a warning sign of, airway problems, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
Problems with chewing and digesting food – Crooked teeth can significantly impact your ability to chew and swallowing large chunks of food can cause indigestion.
Speech problems – Poorly aligned teeth can have a big impact on your speech.
Excess enamel corrosion – Tooth enamel is irreparable, and a crooked smile can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the jaw muscles, teeth, and gums, leading to TMJ, chronic headaches, and cracked teeth.
Crooked teeth impact the lives of millions of children and adults around the world. While for some the problem is purely aesthetic in nature, many more have to endure the added impact of the serious health problems that can result from crooked teeth.
Deciding how or if to correct your misaligned teeth should always be a personal choice. Those who seek treatment also have many options, including traditional metal braces, Invisalign’s transparent braces, and more.
If you’re desperate to change your smile, be sure to book a no cost consultation with us here at Collins Bay Dental before making any decisions.
We are committed to seeing you get the smile you deserve. Contact us today!