Top 8 Health Hazards Due to Crooked & Misaligned Teeth

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Crooked teeth are giving trouble to a majority of people. It affects their confidence and health. If you have crooked teeth, you might not feel like smiling or talking openly with others. But it can be a more serious issue. Misaligned or crooked teeth can be the cause of disease-related to oral health.

Some crooked teeth might be non-consequential. Your dentist will be the right person to tell you that you need treatment or not. Let us go through some vital information about crooked teeth.

Identification of Crooked Teeth

It doesn’t take much effort to know if you have crooked teeth or not. You can see them in your smile or appearance. You can spot misaligned teeth, facial features abnormality, difficulty in chewing, and sometimes a problem in speech or even lisping. All these signs indicate that you have crooked teeth.

But it is recommended that you don’t conclude on your own. Visit a dentist to confirm the misaligned teeth. Your dentist will also be able to tell you the severity of the condition. They will refer you to an orthodontist, who can reach a more precise conclusion through X-ray and tests.

Orthodontists do the treatment of crooked teeth. These are the dentists who are qualified to treat crooked, misaligned teeth and jaw.

Following is the list of top 8 dental health problems and possible dangers of crooked teeth:-

  1. Lack of Oral Hygiene

    It is strenuous for brush and floss to reach every corner of your mouth with misaligned teeth. Because there are tight spaces between your teeth due to misalignment. This lack of oral hygiene can lead to many other health issues. The bacteria grow in the uncleansed corners of your teeth.

    These bacteria later convert to cavities, gum degeneration, and teeth degeneration. Almost 100% of people who have misaligned teeth have cavities.

  2. Gum Disease

    Lack of oral hygiene is the most common cause of gum diseases. The plaque created inside your mouth generates bacteria around your gums. And in the vicious cycle, crooked teeth further help the bacteria to grow. Moreover, gums don’t enclose perfectly around crooked teeth, providing more space for bacteria growth.

    As a result, you may suffer from the dreaded gum disease known as periodontitis. 47% of American people who are above 30 years of age suffer from gum disease.

  3. Chronic Headaches

    You might not anticipate headaches as one of the dangers of crooked teeth. It happens because of your crooked teeth rubbing and grinding against each other. This friction puts pressure on your jaw. It further accelerates to your head, resulting in chronic pain.

    If you could not understand the cause of your frequent painful headaches, you know now that your misaligned teeth can be the culprit.

  4. TMJ Disorder

    Your headache can be due to TMJ disorder. TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is a joint which connects your jawbone to your skull like a hinge. TMJ disorder can be caused due to the accelerating pressure of crooked teeth on your jaws. This pressure damages the tissues of your gum and causes disturbance in TMJ.

    It is a chronic condition where immense pain is felt in your head, face, jaw, neck and, shoulders.

  5. Damaged Teeth

    One of the likely dangers of crooked teeth is cracked and damaged teeth. The misaligned teeth rub and grind against other teeth. It also damages your gums and jaw muscles. The teeth might protrude and break due to grinding and friction. The enamel also gets worn out due to the rubbing of teeth against each other.

    The cavities generated due to improper cleaning also contribute to the excess wear and tear of your teeth.

  6. Chewing Problems

    Sometimes your jaw is also misaligned along with your teeth. You can’t chew food properly with misaligned teeth and jaw. You might take longer than others to finish your meal and that too with difficulty. And it is not only about the biting problem. Other related health issues might also arise due to not chewing your food correctly.

    You can suffer from indigestion, bloating, heartburn, and sometimes even choking.

  7. Bad Breath

    Apart from looking unpleasant, crooked teeth also produce a foul smell from your mouth. Difficulty in cleaning crooked teeth causes plaque and bacteria. And the common cause of bad breath is poor dental hygiene. Bad breath is a reaction to this bacteria getting accumulated in your mouth over time.

    You can use mouth wash and chewing gums to control bad birth. But the permanent solution would be to correct the issue of misaligned teeth.

  8. Psychological Effect

    Many research pieces prove that if people are confident while they smile and talk, they perform better in their studies and profession. Thus one of the underestimated dangers of crooked teeth, is its psychological effect on the person. Your self-esteem and confidence go out for a ride because of your crooked teeth.

    If you are not a very confident person and care about your appearance too much, having crooked teeth is even more challenging for you.

Parting Words

Every person’s condition of crooked teeth varies from the other. Thus the treatment might be more straightforward or complicated. But it can be completely cured with the help of the right orthodontist.

We have a trusted team of orthodontists who specialize in fixing misaligned teeth along with other smile related problems. We provide our orthodontic services in Rome, New York. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Dr. Satish Pai, M.D.S

Dr. Satish Pai is an orthodontist and Ivy League trained dentist who has served as a faculty at Columbia University. He believes a perfect smile not only makes a person look great but feel great. As the founder of Putnam Orthodontics and a Partner at Brite Orthodontics, he is dedicated to providing the best orthodontic treatments to his patients. He also writes to educate people about everything orthodontics and the importance of correctly aligned teeth along with good oral health. In his free time, you can find him golfing, doing yoga or surfing, and spending time with his family.

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