Myth or Fact? Crowded teeth are not just a cosmetic problem.
Most people with overcrowded teeth complain about how their teeth look. Of course, this makes sense since our culture values straight teeth so much. However, few people realize that crowded teeth also contribute to serious dental health issues.
So why don’t more people know about the risks of overcrowded teeth? Unfortunately, most people don’t know them because most dentists are in a hurry and don’t bother to explain them. Discussing cosmetics is so much easier than explaining dental biology and physics. It’s no myth. Crowded teeth will, in fact, hurt your dental health.
What Dental Problems Do Crowded Teeth Cause?
Crowded teeth actually contribute to a multitude of dental health problems including: bad breath, cavities, gum disease, TMJ issues, and cracked teeth. “What! All that!?!” you ask. Yes, all that. In fact, these problems crop up one after the other in patients with overcrowded teeth because those teeth cannot come together in a healthy way. Read more about crowded teeth on Invisalign’s site.
What’s the Best Way to Straighten Crowded Teeth?
Sometimes.. but not always.
In fact, most crowded teeth can be straightened without the hassle of braces, but it depends on what made them crowded. Make sure that you’re correcting the root problem if you want the solution to last. Are your teeth too large for your jaw? Is your jaw too small for your teeth? Did your adult teeth erupt out of order?
In many cases, patients with crowded teeth are good candidates for Invisalign orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners allow patients to experience the benefits of braces without the hassle of the brackets and wires. In some cases, the crowding requires additional help from cosmetic restorations, gum surgeries or orthodontic brackets and wires.
Afraid you’re too old to straighten your teeth?
Because we see teenagers in braces all the time, it makes us more mature folks feel like it’s too late to straighten our teeth. If that’s you, you need to know that it’s almost never too late to straighten your teeth. With the ease of Invisalign, beautifully straight teeth are possible for people who wouldn’t normally be willing to undergo braces as adults. Modern technology is making it easier and faster than ever to get the straight beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. In fact, it’s only too late for you if you’re not willing to try.