Complications of Crooked Teeth

Whether your crooked teeth occurred as a result of genetics, a facial injury, or poor childhood habits, such as thumb sucking, you can benefit from orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile. In addition to improving your appearance, a corrected smile can help protect your dental and overall health.

In this blog, orthodontist Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, of Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates in Forest Hills, New York, explains the potential complications that can result if you allow crooked teeth to remain in their misaligned positions. 

Tooth decay and gum disease

Crooked teeth can make it challenging to clean all the surfaces of your teeth. The irregular nooks and crannies can make it difficult to brush and floss properly.

When bacteria and food debris remain in place on or between teeth, the substances combine to form plaque. This sticky substance clings to the surface of teeth and can gradually wear away tooth enamel. In addition to your teeth, this bacteria can develop an odor that causes bad breath.

As the enamel deteriorates, tooth decay and cavities can occur. Depending on the severity of the decay, treatment for an affected tooth may require a filling, crown, or root canal. 

If plaque remains in place for long periods, it can harden and become tartar. If tartar remains in place, it can cause gum disease, a condition that can damage your gum and jawbone tissue.

As gum disease progresses, your gums can lose their ability to keep your teeth in place, which can result in tooth loss and the need for an artificial tooth replacement.

Increased wear and tear

Crooked teeth can cause unnatural wear of your tooth enamel, gums, and jaw muscles as they work to function around crowded teeth. This increased wear and tear can make you more susceptible to cracked teeth, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, jaw strain, and chronic headaches. 

Crowded teeth can also cause one or more teeth to protrude. This misalignment can cause your upper and lower teeth to rub against each other, which could lead to unnatural wear of your tooth enamel and jaw muscles. Protruding teeth are also more at risk for chipping and cracking if you fall or experience a facial injury.

Difficulty speaking and chewing

Straight teeth allow you to speak and chew properly. Crooked teeth can prevent normal jaw alignment, which is necessary for your mouth to perform these functions properly.

The inability to speak clearly may interfere with the way you interact socially and professionally. And improper chewing may interfere with the proper digestion of your food and could also increase your chances of choking.

Poor self-esteem

Crooked teeth may also make you self-conscious about your looks and make you uncomfortable interacting with others.

Research indicates that improving a physical trait can be life-changing. If you lived for years with a smile that you were too embarrassed to reveal, getting a straight smile may elevate your attitude, self-esteem, and personality, which could help you feel more comfortable interacting with others. 

Overall health risk

Crooked teeth can allow bacteria to build up in hard-to-reach places. And research has linked oral bacteria to a higher risk of arterial blockages, heart disease, and stroke

Studies also link periodontitis — an advanced form of gum disease — to health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia, and stroke. And, if you become pregnant while you have periodontitis, you may have a higher-than-normal risk of delivering a premature or low-birth-weight baby.

If you have crooked teeth, you can straighten them to get the smile of your dreams and also help improve your oral and overall health. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Do Mouthguards Actually Work?

A mouthguard can protect your child from experiencing a wide range of sports-related oral injuries, from a jaw fracture to a broken tooth. Learn how this simple device can prevent functional and cosmetic damage to your child’s teeth and mouth.

Why You Shouldn’t Slack Off Wearing Your Retainer

Orthodontic treatment doesn’t end when you stop wearing braces. Wearing your retainer as instructed is an important step in maintaining your perfect smile. Find out why following through on this last part of orthodontic treatment is so important.

What is the Best Age to Start Orthodontic Treatment?

While orthodontics can correct a wide range of cosmetic and functional issues at nearly any age, starting treatment at the right time can help you achieve optimal results. Find out what experts advise about when to start orthodontic treatment.

Understanding Your Options for Whitening Your Teeth

Are you confused about the choices for whitening your teeth? You can improve your smile and brighten your teeth with teeth whitening. Find out how treatments differ, so you can determine how to get the results you desire.

Why Invisalign Might Be the Right Choice for You

If you’ve avoided correcting your crooked teeth because you don’t want to wear embarrassing metal braces, Invisalign® may be right for you. Find out how this practically invisible treatment delivers dramatic results and stunning smiles.

Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Mouthguard

Whether you use a mouthguard to protect your teeth from injuries when you play sports or from teeth grinding while you sleep, you can extend the life of your customized device with proper care. Find out how to get the most from your investment.