The consequences of crooked teeth
Most of the orthodontic problems, like crooked teeth, are easily identifiable in a person since they are very visible. However, some problems can be hidden so it’s important to consult an Orthodontist. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty chewing and/or speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue. Without treatment, many problems become worse and can require additional dental care late in life. Everyone has the right to a comfortable occlusion and a beautiful smile, including you!
What are the possible orthodontic problems?
There are many orthodontic problems. These are imperfections of the face or mouth that go beyond simple dental care. Some of the most common orthodontic problems are:
- Deviation of the jaw or jaw too narrow
- Top or lower jaw is too forward or backward
- Open bite (space between top and bottom teeth when the jaw is closed)
- Overlap (lack of space for the teeth)
- Overbite (upper teeth overlaps the lower teeth when the jaw is closed)
- Extra space (space between teeth)
- Impacted tooth (tooth that remains in the bone “never appears in the mouth”)
- Dental Agenesis (absence of one or more permanent teeth)
- Presence of a supernumerary tooth (extra tooth)
- Premature loss of primary teeth
What causes orthodontic problems, like crooked teeth?
Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Examples of these genetic problems are crowding, spacing, extra or missing teeth and some jaw growth problems. Other malocclusions are acquired by thumb or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental disease, accidents, the early loss of baby (primary) teeth, or other medical conditions.
How to correct orthodontics problems?
The orthodontist provides custom-made fixed or removable appliances that use gentle pressure to move teeth into their proper positions. For the patient, orthodontic treatment always requires following to the orthodontist’s instructions, keeping schedule orthodontic appointments and maintaining excellent oral hygiene to achieve the best results. In some cases, a jaw surgery is indicated to correct the malocclusion. Your orthodontist will be able to assess the problems and recommend the best treatment for you.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at almost any age. Thanks to today’s smaller, less visible, more comfortable orthodontic appliances, including fixed braces and removable appliances, adults are finding treatment more appealing.
Book a free consultation with Dr. Hélène Huard and she will tell you if an orthodontic treatment is recommended for you.