4 Long-Term Effects of Crooked Teeth

November 27, 2018 7:30 pm
Dark-haired woman leans on a windowsill hiding her crooked teeth with her hand

Have you been daydreaming about having a straighter smile but been putting off making it a reality? Now is a great time to make your teeth alignment a top priority. Crooked teeth can actually cause a myriad of issues for your smile and your oral health. Read on to learn how crooked teeth can negatively affect your oral and overall health!

  1. Tooth Wear & Tear
  2. Crooked teeth can cause discomfort if a protruding tooth is rubbing against your cheeks or lips. They can also grind against other teeth in your mouth, wearing down your enamel and weakening your teeth over time. With overlapping teeth, there is also an increased risk for chipping or cracking your teeth in the event of an accident.

  3. Difficulty Keeping Your Teeth Clean
  4. Did you know that it’s more difficult to properly clean between crooked teeth? When teeth are misaligned, toothbrush bristles and floss can’t always reach every nook and cranny in your smile. Because of this, bad bacteria can grow in these crevices, leading to bad breath, tooth discoloration, tooth decay, and even gum disease down the road.

  5. Gum Disease
  6. When teeth are out of alignment, your gums don’t securely fit around your teeth like they would if they were straight. This leaves more room for bacteria to grow at and below your gumline, in addition to those hard-to-reach areas between misaligned teeth that are difficult to keep clean.

  7. Decreased Overall Health
  8. Your mouth is the gateway to your overall health. Thus, an unhealthy mouth will contribute to a unhealthy body! Oral infections from bacteria buildup can spread to your bloodstream and cause body ailments such as acne, respiratory infections, pregnancy complications, stroke, and heart disease. It’s crucial to keep your mouth in tip-top shape in order to preserve your overall health.

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