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Can I Leave My Teeth Crooked If I Don’t Want Braces?

Some people prefer to bypass orthodontic treatment if they do not want to pay the related costs, or spend time on the treatment. While you can live with crowded or crooked teeth, it is not advised. Below are the reasons you still should consider teeth straightening to improve your smile.

Problems with Oral Hygiene

When your teeth fall out of alignment or become crowded, they can be difficult to clean. Moreover, food particles can get stuck between the crevices that lead to decay. In turn, you can experience more problems with cavities and periodontal disease. If gum disease turns into periodontitis, the infection can permanently damage the teeth, gums, tissues, and bones.

Reduced Self-esteem

When your teeth are crooked, it lowers your self-confidence, which can make it more difficult to interact socially or professionally. To ensure a better quality of life and a higher level of self-esteem, it is important to correct a crooked smile or misaligned teeth.

Health Problems

Crooked and misaligned teeth can also trigger problems with chewing. When this happens, it can be hard to digest your food, which leads to stomach upset or nausea. It can also affect your nutrition overall, which can lead to the development of nutritional deficiencies.

Difficulties with Speaking

Depending on the severity of crowding, crooked teeth can impair a person’s ability to enunciate words correctly and speak. Therefore, articulating sounds can lead to continuing communication problems and errors.

Excessive Wear-and-Tear of the Dental Enamel

When teeth do not meet as they should, it places extra stress on the teeth, gums, and jaw muscles. The added pressure leads to excess wear-and-tear on the dental enamel. When excess wear is a problem, you can also experience jaw pain, migraines, cracked teeth, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Avoid Future Excessive Dental Costs

In the long run, keeping crooked teeth as they are will lead to ongoing costs for dental repairs and cleanings. After a while, these costs can add up, especially if you have to pay money for restorations, such as crowns, veneers, and large fillings. To prevent this type of outcome, you should review your teeth straightening options. One of the orthodontic alternatives includes the use of clear braces. Therefore, you can have your teeth straightened without it being noticeable.

For example, clear braces can be used that feature aligners. These removable braces come in a certain number of sets. Each set of aligners is usually switched out every two weeks. The teeth-straightening process takes, on average, from 12 to 18 months overall. Afterwards, a retainer is worn to maintain your new and straighter smile.

To learn more about improving your smile with orthodontics, give us a call today. Phone Holman Family Dentistry at (479) 795-1101 or contact us online.  Also make sure to go over and follow us on Facebook!

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