Did you know that teeth aren’t naturally straight? This is true and if you don’t believe that, just ask a dentist. Yes, some people are blessed with teeth that look straight, but even their sets of gnashers won’t be perfect. As such, it’s highly likely that you do have a slight problem with crooked teeth. Now, if the bottom teeth are the problem, you might not be too bothered. After all, they are usually hidden for the most part by your lip and also a slight overbite.
You might not even care if your upper teeth are a little crooked. After all, it’s just aesthetics…right? Wrong.
People With Crooked Teeth Are More Likely To Lose Them
Again, this is totally true. You see, teeth should rest gently and neatly on top of each other. If this isn’t the case, then they will be exerting pressure instead, and this can lead to a situation where the tooth and worse still the root of the tooth is damaged. Don’t forget, the part of the tooth that you can see is quite literally the tip of the iceberg. What’s more important is everything underneath including the jawbone which all your teeth are connected to.
That’s a problem because people often mistakenly believe that if one tooth goes, it’s exactly that, one tooth. But the gap that tooth leads can lead to infection and an eventual degradation of the jawbone. To avoid this, you need to act quickly, using the services of a skilled oral surgeon. They will be able to fix the issue, filling in the gap, usually with an artificial tooth.
It Can Be Painful
Having crooked teeth can also be painful for two reasons. It can push against areas of your jaw and even cause your jaw to click. Furthermore, the teeth growing in at crooked directions can push against other teeth leading to pain and discomfort. That’s ignoring the fact that it will all but certainly make your mouth look a mess and even lead to problems with hygiene.
Teeth that are crooked, overlapping or angled in the wrong direction are more difficult to clean, both with a toothbrush and using floss. The reason for this is simple. Toothbrushes are designed to work best with the typical teeth layout.
So What Are Your Options?
Now that you know the danger of crooked teeth, you’re probably wondering what your options are. If the issue isn’t that serious, the problem may be resolved by six-month smile therapy. This is a fancy term for orthodontic treatment, but it is fast if the issues aren’t that severe.
If the issues are severe, you might need more work and full orthodontic treatment. This can be expensive and time-consuming, but the good news is that it won’t be embarrassing. Braces these days are totally transparent, and unless you look closely, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell someone was wearing them.
Take this advice, and you can avoid some of the more serious problems that crooked teeth can cause.