Crooked Teeth and Your Oral Health

Posted on Feb 12, 2015

Crooked Teeth and Your Oral Health

Everyone wants a straight smile, but if you were born with crooked teeth, or if they have become crooked over time, there are always options to straighten out crooked teeth – no matter what age you are.

Crooked teeth are a very common problem found in orthodontist patients, even at our Richmond orthodontic practice. Your teeth can become crooked for a variety of reasons, but the most common are:

  • Loss of a tooth or teeth, which creates spaces towards which other teeth may shift.
  • Excessive thumb-sucking, which can cause open bites and misalignment of the front teeth.
  • Genetics, meaning that crooked teeth may run in the family.

Crooked teeth aren’t just a cosmetic concern; teeth that don’t align properly are more susceptible to damage (chips, cracks, wear) and can cause oral health problems that run the gamut from cavities, decay and gum disease to painful chewing, muscle tension and TMJ.

You can prevent crooked teeth with orthodontic screenings (done at age seven) that will allow your Port Coquitlam orthodontist to detect and correct oral health issues early on, and oral appliances that will ensure straight permanent teeth.

It’s never too late to fix crooked teeth. Contact HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam a call and give yourself a great reason to smile.