Crooked teeth are a problem with many Americans and can be a source of real embarrassment. Most people would love to have their smile straightened but have learned to live with it like it is. However, not getting your teeth straightened can cause a variety of problems that can end up costing tons of money that really isn’t necessary.
Bad Breath and Gum Disease
Two issues that can run together when you have crooked teeth is bad breath and gum disease. You may be wondering how that having misaligned teeth can cause either one so let us clear it up for you.
When you have crooked or misaligned teeth, it creates places in your mouth where bacteria can hide. For example; if you have teeth that are slightly overlapping, bacteria can hide in the overlapping area and cause decay and bad breath. We would like to think that everyone flosses but truth be known they don’t. It would be extremely difficult to get floss between these overlapping teeth.
The bacteria that hides in these cracks and crevices can not only cause gum disease but heart related diseases as well. Medical research has shown that the bacteria in the mouth makes its way to your heart. This is reason alone for getting your crooked teeth fixed.
Wear and Chipping
Another issue caused by crooked and misaligned teeth is excessive wear and chipping. Because the teeth are not lining up properly, when you bite down, it creates wear on areas of the teeth that wouldn’t normally have it. This is not to mention that many people experience chipped or broken teeth as a result also and until the cause is fixed, you will continue to have unnecessary wear and possible breaking of your teeth.
These are just a few of the problems you can have with crooked or misaligned teeth. We will be discussing more in future articles. So now, let’s talk about the solutions we offer right here in our office.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles (link to the page) is a wonderful way to fix your smile and do it in a cost effective way. Using clear brackets and tooth colored wires, the 6 Month Smiles processes only straightens the teeth you see when you smile. This is normally the the front 6 to 8 teeth on either arch. As the name implies, typical treatment times are only about six months and the results are outstanding.
There is no manipulation of the arch when doing 6 month smiles. This means your teeth can be moved with little to no discomfort. Traditional orthodontics has long been associated with pain and discomfort due to the excessive stress put on the teeth, gums and bone. It really is a wonderful solution for adults who have never had their teeth straightened as a teenager and the don’t want all the unsightly metal in their mouth. From a conversational distance, they are barely visible if at all.
Invisalign Clear Braces In Corona, California
A very popular solution for straightening teeth and it certainly gets a lot of publicity is Invisalign. We are sure you have probably seen an Invisalign commercial at some point in your life as they have been the go to method for straightening teeth for adults many years now and for good reason.
The process is simple and effective. Impressions are taken of your mouth and then a plan is mapped out for your exact condition as to how we will move the teeth. Clear aligners are then made for you to wear which gradually over time move your teeth back into position. These aligners are normally changed out about every two weeks depending on your customized plan. Because they are clear, you can wear them all day and hardly anyone will notice.
Cleaning your teeth while you wear Invisalign is a snap. Since they are removable, you can easily brush your teeth and even floss regularly without obstruction. Traditional orthodontics don’t allow this and can be a real pain to keep clean.
Key Takeaways On Crooked Teeth
- They can damage your teeth with wear, chips and cracks
- They can harbor harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease
- The bacteria can also cause bad breath
- Making sure you brush, floss and see your dentist regularly is paramount to preventing gum disease.
- There are cost effective solutions like Six Month Smiles and Invisalign to fix your problem
If you have crooked teeth or misaligned teeth, you really need to get them fixed. We didn’t talk about the other problems they cause in this article like jaw and ear pain. We will discuss them in a further article so be watching for it.
Call our office today and we will be glad to consult with you about your situation. We will explain in depth each solution and work to help you get a result that is important to you. Call now.