4 Ways Your Crooked Teeth Are Hurting You [BLOG]

At Smiles by Dr. W & Dr. R, we see patients everyday who are primarily motivated to straighten their teeth based on cosmetic goals for their smiles.

We’re happy to oblige!

We specialize in orthodontic treatment for people of various ages, needs, and budgets. From simple to complex, we can help you find the solution for your smile’s position and alignment issues here in Boca Raton, FL.

But there’s more to crooked teeth than just an unattractive smile.

What’s Wrong With Crooked Teeth?

Today, we’re shedding light on four other ways crooked teeth are hurting you!

*They Impair Your Oral Health*

If brushing and flossing everyday is so important in preventing plaque and tartar buildup, then logic would conclude straight teeth are easier to keep clean and healthy.

It almost seems too basic to mention, yet so many people don’t see the potential oral health risks that crooked teeth pose.

Teeth that overlap because they’re in the wrong position or just overly crowded only create more tiny, hard to reach places in your mouth. This makes it tougher to avoid hardened tartar and the gum disease that can result.

*They Have Painful Consequences*

It’s important that your teeth are in the right position so they not only result in a nice smile, but so they encourage proper function and comfort.

Poorly positioned teeth can put undue strain and pressure on your temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge on both sides of your head that connects your jaw and skull.

Too much stress on that joint, or TMJ, can have painful consequences.

Imagine dealing with pain, discomfort, and difficulty every time you went to open your mouth to speak, or eat, or yawn, or laugh!

*They’re More Susceptible To Damage*

Teeth can be crooked because of crowding and bite alignment problems.

If your bite is off, there’s the obvious impact that can have on your facial structure and appearance.

But more than that, misalignment in the way your teeth fit together can make them more susceptible to damage.

Teeth smacking down on each other the wrong way or scraping together over and over again are eventually going to chip, crack, or wear down under the pressure.

This only worsens cosmetic problems with your smile and can create microscopic openings in your enamel for bad bacteria to penetrate.

*They Wreck Your Confidence*

Our confidence, or lack thereof, plays a huge role in guiding our behavior. If you feel like you can achieve something, chances are you’ll go after it. If you believe you can’t, you’ll pass on the opportunity to even try.

It’s just the way our brains are wired.

But the implication is that a straight, attractive smile can unlock a very powerful shift in your behaviors, and consequently, your life.

With a new sense of self-confidence, you’ll be more likely to pursue certain goals you otherwise wouldn’t back when you felt insecure about your appearance.

Take a minute to consider the potential and the possibilities!

Take Action Today!

Complications from crooked, overcrowded teeth certainly go further than this, but we can’t fit it all into just one blog.

The bottom line is that you should at least explore ways to straighten your teeth so you can optimize your oral health, protect your teeth from harm, and have a beautiful smile as a result!

You’ll find a variety of orthodontic solutions that will suit your needs, budget, and lifestyle in our Boca Raton, FL practice. Take action today!

Call Smiles by Dr. W & Dr. R at 561-327-6775 or fill out our convenient online form to schedule a complimentary consultation.