Crooked teeth can have a variety of causes, from genetics to thumb-sucking or even malnutrition. Unfortunately, if left untreated, crooked teeth can negatively impact your oral health and give rise to new oral problems. Some of these problems are briefly discussed below.
Crooked teeth are difficult to clean and are therefore at a greater risk of developing plaque which over time builds up and hardens into tartar. Both plaque and tartar can cause gum disease.
Crooked teeth can increase your risk for bruxism or teeth grinding. Bruxism can lead to fractures in your tooth enamel that can cause or accelerate tooth decay.
Crooked teeth can also place a great deal of stress on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which can lead to jaw pain, headaches, speech problems and stress.
Talk to your dentist about your crooked teeth and discuss treatment options.
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