Have you been hesitant about pursuing orthodontic treatment because you are concerned about the cost, the time of treatment, or other issues? Perhaps it would be helpful to understand some of the risks associated with living with crooked teeth.
Poor Oral HygieneCrooked teeth are more than just a cosmetic problem, as when your teeth are misaligned, they can be extremely difficult to clean. When your gums or tooth enamel are covered up because your smile is too crowded, It can be hard to get your floss or toothbrush into those tight spaces to remove debris.
When food particles stay stuck in your teeth, you can deal with bad breath and a wealth of other problems. Orthodontic treatment can improve your alignment so that you can better care for your teeth and gums.
Wear Down of EnamelA bad bite or crooked teeth can damage your tooth enamel, as each time that you bite down or chew on food, you’ll create pressure on your teeth. If your teeth aren't properly aligned, they can rub against each other to cause wear and tear. In the most severe cases, you might also experience cracks or chips in your teeth.
Gum Disease and Tooth DecayWhen you aren't able to brush and floss plaque away from your teeth, your problems can extend beyond bad breath. In fact, you can be causing long-term damage to the gums and teeth.
You could develop cavities and gum disease, and even a minor cavity could result in a major repair such as a root canal treatment. Likewise, plaque buildup can cause your gums to recede and may also result in bone and tooth loss.
If you are concerned about any of these risks, contact us for information about orthodontic treatment options. Many people can get straight and beautiful teeth with just a few months of treatment.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (206) 501-4566 today.