Life with a crooked smile: it can be embarrassing, it can harm your self confidence, and it can lead to modifying your smile to hide your teeth. Many people assume that the problems presented by a crooked smile end with your looks, but that’s actually far from true.
We see plenty of people at Overmeyer Family Dental who have gum disease due to their crooked teeth. Depending on the location and severity of your alignment issues you can have numerous problems, all which can lead to permanent harm for your smile.
The Health Effects Of Crooked Teeth
When your teeth are straight everything is as it should be, and oral hygiene is simple. As long as you’re brushing, flossing, and getting dental checkups you should be able to keep your teeth healthy without any problems at all.
If your teeth are misaligned then there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Most obvious is the oral hygiene complications: it’s a lot harder to keep tight and hard-to-reach spaces clean! Oral bacteria builds up in the spaces between your teeth fast even when you brush it away. If you can’t keep some spots clean you’re facing serious gum disease and tooth decay risks.
Teeth that are skewed in certain directions can even contribute to gum recession, which is a common symptom of gum disease. To make matters worse that recession can occur without gum disease being the cause, but it will make development of the disease easier!
Severe overbites can cause gum irritation if they’re bad enough that your teeth scrape the gums. This irritation is made worse by the fact that your teeth are already covered in bacteria. When you irritate the gums you’re making it easier for bacteria to cause harm!
How Gum Disease Develops
Your mouth is covered in plaque: it’s the sticky white biofilm that forms on teeth and gums, and it’s nothing but bacteria. Normal brushing and flossing can keep bacteria under control, but it’s always looking for places to hide and do more damage.
It only takes bacteria about 24 hours to start causing gum irritation, and when it does you’re already looking at the start of gum disease. Just a bit of irritation and bacteria will be able to make its way under your gumline. From there it’s nothing but trouble.
Bacteria beneath the gums will spread unchecked, causing redness, puffiness, sensitivity, and bleeding when brushing and flossing. If you’re noticing any of these symptoms you’re already at risk!
How To Combat Gum Disease Caused By Crooked Teeth
If you’ve been living with crooked teeth for a while you might already be suffering from some of the ill health effects. Consider yourself lucky if your teeth and gums are still in good shape – but what can you do to keep them that way?
Most adults don’t even want to consider orthodontic work because of how long it takes to get results. Thankfully you don’t need to wait at our Orlando office – we offer short-term adult orthodontic treatments that can get results in as little as six months.
Six Month Smiles, our fastest option, will correct your crooked teeth with braces that are practically invisible. You’ll see results quickly, and by the end of your six month treatment you’ll be sporting the perfect new smile! This method uses braces that are similar to traditional ones, though they are slimmer, tooth colored, and hard to notice. If you’re still concerned about your look during treatment don’t worry – you still have another option!
Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth over the course of one year. When you’re wearing Invisalign it will be practically impossible to notice, making this a great choice for those who are concerned about the appearance of their orthodontic appliances. Keep in mind that Invisalign usually takes around a year, so you’ll be undergoing treatment for about twice as long as you would with Six Month Smiles.
No matter which treatment you choose you’ll soon have a great new smile that doesn’t just look good – it’s also easier to take care of!
What Are You Waiting For?
With both your look and your oral health on the line there’s no reason to not think about getting a short-term orthodontic treatment from us. If you want to find out which option would work for you don’t wait – give our Orlando office a call today!