One of the most common dental concerns that we hear at our Carrolton cosmetic dentistry practice is crooked or crowded teeth. Many people complain about the unsightly appearance of crooked or crowded teeth, but did you know that they also pose health risks? When considering the treatment of crooked or crowded teeth, it’s important to note that time is of the essence, as problems can quickly advance into something more serious. We usually recommend prompt treatment with ClearCorrect or Six Month Smiles.
Make 2014 the year that you finally fix crooked teeth and enjoy a healthier, more attractive smile. Consider the top four reasons to straighten your teeth:
1. Crooked or crowded teeth can lead to periodontal disease.
Because they are difficult to clean, crooked or crowded teeth trap bacteria. If bacteria multiplies, it can trigger inflammation and cause eventual periodontal disease. Trapped bacteria can also invade the blood vessels, damaging the cells that line the coronary arteries and increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.
2. Crooked teeth can affect your bite.
Crooked teeth affect your bite (i.e., the way your upper and lower teeth fit together when your jaw is closed), creating stress and pressure, which leads to extreme wear. Extremely worn teeth can chip or crack. A bad bite (called malocclusion) also puts pressure on the jaw joint, leading to headaches, jaw pain and earaches.
3. Crooked teeth are less attractive than straight teeth.
While small dental imperfections can be endearing, most people prefer their teeth to look straight and aligned. An overbite, underbite, open bite or crossbite can detract from an otherwise beautiful and friendly appearance.
4. Healthy, straight teeth that fit together correctly are less likely to need costly and time-intensive correction in the future.
Healthy, straight teeth are easier to clean, better for your bite and more attractive! Avoid the need for expensive, time-consuming dental care in the future by seeking orthodontic treatment today.
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If you would like to explore your orthodontic options, including ClearCorrect or Six Month Smiles, please contact North Dallas cosmetic dentist Darian Hampton by email or by calling 972.395.9292.