Having crooked teeth is a problem for many people. Just as eye color or the size of your hands is inherited, so is the possibility of crooked teeth. While having crooked teeth is often an emotional stigma, there are also several health concerns. The main question you may have is can crooked teeth cause tooth decay?
At Vann Family Dental, we want you to have all the information regarding crooked teeth. Below we will answer this question and address some of the other concerns you may have about crooked teeth.
What Causes Crooked Teeth?
- As we mentioned, crooked teeth is an inherited trait. Often times a person’s mouth is too small for their teeth, so the teeth become overcrowded. This causes the teeth to shift resulting in crooked, twisted, or overlapping teeth. Crooked teeth can also be caused by misalignment of the jaw bones, gum disease, and early loss of baby or adult teeth. However it occurred, crooked teeth can cause several health problems.
Health Concerns of Crooked Teeth
- To answer the original question, yes crooked teeth can cause tooth decay. Because the teeth are misaligned it is harder to reach the necessary areas when brushing and flossing. This leads to an increase in plaque which can lead to cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Crooked teeth also interfere with proper chewing and can cause strain on the on jaw and surrounding muscles. Many people with crooked teeth also suffer emotional pain; feeling self-conscious about the way they look and may experience low self-esteem.
Common Signs of Crooked Teeth
If you are concerned that your teeth are crooked and need to be fixed look for the following signs:
- Discomfort when chewing or biting
- Speech impediments, such as a lisp
- Abnormal alignment of your teeth
- Abnormal appearance on your face
Fixing Crooked Teeth
- Dr. Vann will be able to best determine whether your teeth are so far misaligned that they require repair. In order to do this, she will perform an initial examination. From here, she may want to take x-rays to get a clear picture of how bad the problem is. She may also have you bite down on a mold, in order to make an impression of your teeth. Once Dr. Vann determines the severity, she will able to able to recommend the best course of treatment. This could include a retainer, braces, or removal of the teeth in order to prevent crowding.
If you are concerned about crooked teeth and your oral health, contact us today for an appointment. We want you to not only look your best, but feel your best!