Dentists are fond of saying, “only brush the teeth you want to keep,” which is more than a joke. It’s good advice, but it comes with a qualifier – if you want to keep the tooth, you need to clean the whole thing. That means using your brush and floss to clean every surface, all of the way to the gumline. This brings us to the oral health risks of crooked teeth.
- If your teeth are crowded, leaning, or otherwise smashed into each other, how are you going to clean those surfaces? A brush won’t fit, and floss won’t fit, but bacteria will have no problem squeezing in and setting up housekeeping. Before long, they’ll dig themselves a nice little cavity and have plenty of room to expand their colony.
- Plaque and bacteria don’t limit themselves to tooth surfaces. They love to snuggle up between the gum and the tooth, where they quickly increase their turf by multiplying and pushing the gums farther from the tooth. How do they get there in the first place? Although healthy gums are basically “glued” to teeth, there is a bit of a shallow groove along the top of the gumline where bacteria and food debris can collect. If the teeth are crooked, the gums might not fit as snugly, allowing even more bacteria to enter.
- Crooked teeth don’t fit together right when you close your mouth. You may be more likely to chip, fracture, or even break a tooth. Some teeth are subjected to excess wear and tear. Every time a tooth is damaged, it creates a little hiding place for bacteria.
If you have crooked teeth, you have two options. You can brace yourself for extra hygiene time and the risk of deep cavities, gum disease, and the eventual loss of teeth. Or you can let us brace your smile for straight, healthy, beautiful teeth! We offer several options including clear Invisalign aligners, discreet ceramic brackets, and traditional metal.
Your mouth should be a safe haven for your teeth, not for destructive bacteria, and you should feel proud to show off your smile. If you are ready to do something about your crooked teeth, call Big Smile Dental in Chicago at 773-772-8400 and schedule an orthodontic consultation today.