Why It’s Risky to Ignore Your Misaligned or Crooked Teeth

a close-up look at misaligned teeth

Most people are not born with perfectly straight teeth. Even those who appear to have straight teeth may have one or two issues with alignment that are less obvious.

Wearing braces to address this issue used to be limited mostly to young people. These days, however, children, pre-teens, teens and adults all use the power of orthodontics to correct teeth misalignment. In the world of dentistry, there is little doubt as to how effective braces can be in doing their job.

Why Misaligned Teeth are Unhealthy

Misaligned teeth typically cause embarrassment. This effect is not limited to aesthetics; it can also contribute to weak or absent self-confidence, which is an obvious disadvantage in life.

It isn’t only the unsightliness that makes misaligned teeth bad for you. People with crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth are more likely to develop gum disease and dental problems. This is because of how difficult it is to clean crooked teeth. As they are not straight, food particles have a higher probability of getting stuck between crooked teeth. Bacteria feed on these particles and break them down, causing plaque. It won’t be a surprise if a person with crooked teeth has a higher concentration of bacteria in their mouth than someone with straight teeth.

Teeth that aren’t straight are also harder to clean. In most cases, only a dentist can get rid of the plaque and tartar that’s formed, especially in the back of the teeth.

People who rarely or never visit a dentist are more likely to suffer from gum disease and tooth decay, especially if they have misaligned teeth. Worse, when your dentist or hygienist removes the plaque from your teeth, some of it may end up in your bloodstream. This puts you at risk of developing dementia, heart disease, diabetes and other diseases. More plaque, more risk.

Treating Misaligned Teeth

When you discuss your concern about misaligned teeth with your dentist at UltraSmile, they may recommend several orthodontic options. While traditional braces are the most commonly advised treatment, you may have other options.Six Month Smiles in East London, for instance, is an advanced orthodontic treatment based on traditional braces. Instead of up to two years of treatment, however, your teeth may be realigned in six months, hence the name. The treatment uses low forces to accomplish the job more quickly. The braces are less obvious, as well.

Orthodontic treatment is an investment not only in your looks but your overall health. When you consider the long-term effects, you will realise how affordable it is to have your teeth realigned.