When you want to smile, you cover your mouth, seal your lips, nod and grin. That’s what our Kelowna dental clinic hears from patients who have crooked teeth.
Why are some people blessed with celebrity straight teeth and others with crooked teeth? And beyond how misaligned teeth can impact your confidence, what affect do they have on your oral health?
Our Kelowna dentists discuss what causes crooked teeth, how they can affect your oral health and confidence, and your teeth straightening options.
Why Some People Have Crooked Teeth
There are many causes for crooked teeth, and not all of them are easily corrected on their own. As a child, misaligned teeth may be caused by a number of factors: crowded teeth, thumb sucking, allergies, tongue thrusting, and open mouth posture.
Some of these factors can contribute to incorrect jaw development. Another common cause of crooked teeth is genetics. Did Grandpa have crooked teeth? If so, you may have inherited his crooked teeth.
How Crooked Teeth Affect Your Smile and Confidence
When teeth are crooked or crowded, they can be a lot more difficult to keep clean and this can cause cavities and other oral health risks.
Misaligned teeth can also make chewing food painful and cause muscle tension and pains in your jaw. This muscle tension can lead to frequent headaches and neck pain.
Crooked teeth can also hurt your self-image. Hiding crooked teeth behind a tight-lipped smile is commonplace for many people. With straight teeth, you’re more likely to flash a genuine smile in social settings, giving off the appearance of better health, wealth and happiness.
One of the most memorable qualities of a person’s face is his or her smile. Straight teeth can help boost your confidence and leave a lasting impression with minimal effort.
Solutions for Crooked Teeth
Thankfully, with all the advances of modern technology, Kelowna dentists can align crooked teeth several ways. Some of the more extreme techniques include jaw reconstructing and teeth pulling, but for most of us with minor to moderately crooked teeth, retainers, tooth reshaping, traditional braces, invisible braces (also known as ‘Invisalign’) may be effective.
Depending on the severity of the misalignment, different treatments may be available. To really understand the cause and to determine the solution for your crooked teeth, it’s best to book an appointment with an experienced dentist and discuss the treatment options that would work best for you.
To learn more about both modern and ancient teeth-straightening methods, read our post A Brief History of Braces.
Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!
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