Dental health is often about routine: Many conditions, like cavities (dental caries), gum disease (periodontitis), bad breath (halitosis), and tooth loss can be prevented by a regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing regimen. Yet, basic dental hygiene does not fix crooked teeth. To make matters worse, one in every two people across the globe has crooked teeth (also known as malocclusion) and they often don’t get help unless it’s bad enough to directly affect eating and speaking.
However, regardless of the severity, straightening teeth provides many benefits. That’s why Dr. Alecia Hardy and our skilled medical team at Frisco Dental Implant Center in Frisco, Texas want you to understand the types of crooked teeth, what causes them, and the reasons for getting them straightened.
Several types of malocclusions cause misalignments in teeth, including:
There are three classes of crooked teeth. Class one is the most common with only a mild overlap of top teeth over the bottom. Class two is the more severe overbite, and class three is the underbite where the bottom jaw juts forward. While most deal with class one, it can still create problems for teeth.
Numerous factors can lead to crooked teeth, such as prolonged bottle feeding or pacifier use when you’re very young, thumb sucking, injuries, tumors in the jaw, cleft lip and palate, impacted or atypically shaped teeth, and improperly fitted dental appliances. It is often an inherited condition, and can create teeth misalignment, changes in how your face looks, discomfort when chewing or eating, altered speech, mouth breathing, and frequently biting your inner cheek.
Here are some reasons to get your teeth straightened, regardless of the severity:
Bad enough malocclusions can lead to structural problems with your teeth and jaw, causing your face to be shaped differently as a result. Treating these issues can result in a better-shaped jaw and better-looking teeth.
Having crooked teeth can make several dental problems easier to get and harder to get rid of because you can’t clean them properly. This is true whether the malocclusion is mild or severe. Straightening them will make caring for them easier.
If the problems affect how well you eat, breathe, or speak, you should get them straightened. These are all basic things affected by our teeth and so important to our social and physical health.
If your teeth protrude or are otherwise crooked, it is going to be easier for them to be damaged if you hurt your face in a fall or some other kind of accident. Straightening them can keep teeth strong.
Having straighter teeth looks better, and makes you feel better about smiling and talking with people. You feel less self-conscious and more willing to enjoy the moment.
If you have crooked teeth, getting them straightened is as important as regular dental care. If you need options for straightening teeth, make an appointment with Dr. Hardy at Frisco Dental Implant Center today.