Crooked Teeth and Your Health

Crooked Teeth and Your Health
Posted on 12/19/2016
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When many people see someone wearing orthodontic appliances on their teeth like braces or Invisalign they often think that the orthodontic treatment the person is undergoing is done solely to improve the appearance of their smile. But orthodontic treatment is far more than cosmetic in nature because crooked teeth can negatively impact your oral and overall health.

Having crooked teeth and a misaligned bite can make it difficult to speak clearly, can make cleaning your teeth a real challenge, and can increase your chances for developing periodontal (gum) disease. Dr. Kattner and his team at our Waukegan orthodontic practice wants you to know why it’s important to have straight teeth and an aligned bite and you can achieve both when you undergo orthodontic treatment here at Kattner Orthodontics.

While many people undergo orthodontic treatment to improve their appearance, having crooked teeth and a misaligned bite can harm your overall health in several ways:

Overcrowded Teeth are Difficult to Clean Which Can Lead to Many Issues 

When the teeth are crowded it’s tough to properly clean your teeth and that’s especially true in those very tight spaces between the teeth. This can easily lead to periodontal disease which can lead to swollen and bleeding gums, loose teeth, tooth decay, and bad breath. And since there is a link between gum disease and other illnesses like heart disease, stroke and diabetes, it’s important to bring the teeth into proper alignment so they can be cleaned thoroughly.

Uneven Tooth Wear

Chewing food with crooked teeth can cause uneven wear and tear on your teeth making these teeth prone to chipping or breaking.

Problems with the Jaw

When the teeth are crooked and the bite is misaligned it can lead to jaw pain when opening and closing your mouth. Over time, crooked teeth can put undue strain on the muscles in the jaw and face which can lead to jaw pain and fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and earaches.

Contact Your Source For Orthodontics in Gurnee

Every day Dr. Kattner helps adults, teenagers, and children correct their smiles. If you or your child has crooked teeth we invite you to our practice where we provide excellent orthodontic care in our modern and relaxing office environment. We serve patients of all ages living in the Waukegan, Gurnee, Zion, and Beach Park, IL areas. Simply request your appointment today to get started on the path toward a healthy and beautiful smile for a healthier and happier you!