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Are Your Teeth Crooked? You Should Know This

Tooth misalignment, or malocclusion, is not an uncommon condition, but there is still much about crooked teeth that patients don’t always understand. For instance, malocclusion doesn’t just affect children, and though adults often mistake it as a cosmetic issue, it can actually have a significant impact on your long-term oral health. To help you understand the significance of correcting them, we take a close look at a couple of

things you should know about crooked teeth and the consequences of neglecting them.

Adults get crooked teeth, too.

Generally speaking, orthodontics is often considered a treatment mostly for children. This is because crooked teeth are usually detected and addressed in early childhood, before the condition can grow worse as the child’s teeth and jawbone continue to develop. However, even adults who have never dealt with malocclusion can experience crooked teeth in later years. Teeth that have always been straight can grow crooked for a number of reasons, including tooth wear from bruxism, an injury, or the loss of one or more teeth. Regardless of the cause, correcting crooked teeth can help adults enjoy much better oral health and a reduced risk of experiencing further dental health troubles.

They’re more than just cosmetic.

If you look in the mirror and see that your teeth are crooked, then improving their appearance may be your main goal for seeking orthodontic treatment. Yet, your dentist’s main reason for recommending it has more to do with the long-term function of your bite and the state of your oral health. Crooked teeth leave you more prone to issues like tooth decay and gum disease because they are harder to keep clean of harmful oral bacteria. The imbalance in your bite can also lead to excessive pressure on certain teeth, worsening your condition as they wear down and become damaged.

Speak with Your Dentist if Your Teeth Are Crooked

If your teeth are crooked, then their affect may extend far beyond your smile’s appearance. Fortunately, we can correct your smile with the right orthodontic treatment. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.

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