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3 Reasons to Straighten Crooked Teeth

October 23, 2017

Crooked teeth may seem like just a surface level problem, but there are dangers lurking beneath a crooked smile. Depending on the extent of the misalignment of your smile, it may be able to be straightened with Invisalign® treatment. Your dentist will best be able to help you assess if Invisalign® is right for you. Straightening your smile does not only give you a smile you can feel more confident in, but it can also limit some of the risks and dangers associated with crooked teeth. Crooked smiles are more prone to breakage, tooth decay, and gum disease. Crooked teeth can also lead to TMJ disorder and chronic headaches.

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Increase Your Confidence

Some people with crooked, misaligned teeth find themselves constantly hiding their smile from the world. Studies have shown that smiling can lead to good, happy moods. So, if you are holding back a smile, you may be holding yourself back from happy feelings. Getting a straight smile that makes you feel confident can change your life.

Decrease Risk of Damage, Decay, and Disease

Crooked teeth can bump into each other at weird angles. These weird angles may put pressure on areas of the teeth not designed to sustain pressure and friction. This can lead to tooth chips and cracks, broken teeth, and even tooth loss. Crooked teeth are hard to clean. Overlapping teeth create pockets where bacteria can hide. This bacteria may not be removed during your brushing and flossing session leaving more time for the harmful bacteria to cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Reduce Risk of TMJ Disorder

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder can lead to pain in the cheeks, jaw, neck, and shoulders. It can lead to chronic headaches, lockjaw, and jaw popping, both of which can be painful. Misaligned teeth can lead to excess wear on the joint in your jaw (TMJ), which can lead to a disorder. Correcting your smile’s alignment can reduce your risk of developing TMJ disorder.

Ask Your Dentist About Invisalign®

To find out if you qualify for Invisalign® clear aligners, schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.