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Can Crooked Teeth Impact Your Overall Health?

10 Oct 2016 | 2 Comments

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When people think about orthodontic work, they think that treatments like braces or Invisalign are purely cosmetic. But in fact, crooked teeth can impact not only your oral health, but your overall health. Having crooked teeth and a misaligned bite can make it hard to speak, make cleaning your teeth a challenge, and increase your chances of gum disease. Your West Palm Beach orthodontist, Dr. Lunsford, wants you to know why it is important to have straight teeth and a correct bite that orthodontic treatment at Lunsford Orthodontics can give you.

For most people, the primary reason for getting braces is because they are not happy with the appearance of their smile. But having crooked teeth and a misaligned bite can also harm your overall health. Some of the ways a misaligned bite can impact your health are:

  • Oral Hygiene - Teeth that are overcrowded are tough to clean, making it easier for bacteria to live in those hard to reach spaces between teeth, leading to periodontal (gum) disease. This can also lead to tooth decay, cavities, bad breath, and swollen or bleeding gums. There are also links between gum disease and other illnesses like heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes. After an orthodontic treatment like Invisalign or braces it will be easier to brush and floss, mitigating the risk of gum disease and other oral health problems.
  • Difficulty Speaking - Having misaligned teeth can also impair your speech. This can affect a person’s self esteem and cause anxiety in some people.
  • Uneven Tooth Wear - When your teeth aren’t straight it can lead to issues when chewing food. This can cause some teeth to wear more than others and make the more worn teeth more susceptible to chipping or breaking.
  • Jaw Pain - A misaligned bite can also lead to jaw pain. This can be felt throughout your body and can lead to dizziness, headache, and ear aches.

Have No Fear, The Best West Palm Beach Orthodontist Is Here!

These are just some of the ways a misaligned bite can affect your overall health. Dr. Lunsford and his team want to help you achieve a smile that will keep you healthy. If you are near West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, or Wellington, FL and thinking about starting orthodontic treatment, contact Lunsford Orthodontics today at (561) 964-5200. We hope to hear from you soon and look forward to helping you achieve your happy healthy smile!

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