Crooked teeth, aka misalignment of teeth, has a variety of presentations, including crowding, big spacing, overlapping, extra teeth, overbite, underbite, and a misaligned jaw.
So apart from not having beautiful straight teeth, what are the consequences of crooked teeth? First and foremost, they are a massive confidence killer and can result in low self-confidence and low self-esteem. In addition, they can adversely impact your oral health due to difficulty in cleaning the teeth.
An Embarrassing Smile
People who are embarrassed by their teeth tend to be very conscious of them, and tend to avoid smiling altogether. There is nothing worse than not being able to show off your beautiful smile when you are feeling happy, excited, or ecstatic. This can really affect one’s quality of life.
Difficulty In Cleaning
When teeth are misaligned, it can make cleaning very difficult. This means debris can become stuck in between teeth, causing dental plaque build-up. Dental plaque consists of thick layers of bacteria that can be harmful to the
teeth and gums. As a result, gum disease or decay can follow.
When the harmful bacteria in the dental plaque accumulates near the gum area, the gums can become irritated, resulting in inflammation and swelling. With time, irreversible gum disease aka periodontal disease can occur. This can lead to bone loss and potentially tooth loss.
Damage To Teeth Through Chewing
An incorrect bite can damage the teeth and gums during its day-to-day usage. For example, a deep bite, where the top teeth overlap a lot of the lower teeth, can cause excessive wear of the lower teeth, and damage of the lower gums. Underbite, where the lower teeth sit in front of the top teeth, can cause abnormal wear of the upper teeth.
When the dental plaque accumulates in teeth areas that are difficult to clean, tooth decay can happen over time. Depending on the severity of the tooth decay, it may be a matter of a simple filling or more extensive treatment.
Well, the good news is that modern advances in dentistry and orthodontics means that crooked teeth can be fixed in a shorter time frame and via less visible means.