Teeth don’t always grow in perfectly straight. That is an unfortunate fact of life. But we know that straight teeth tend to be healthier teeth. At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we can do something about crooked teeth with clear braces.
There are plenty of good reasons to correct crooked teeth.
1. A beautiful smile with straight teeth boosts your child’s self-esteem.
Young children with crooked teeth may not notice that anything is wrong, but eventually they will realize that their teeth don’t look right. Straight teeth make the whole face more pleasing and attractive. If your child is self-conscious about an unappealing smile, he or she will be reluctant to smile. A serious demeanor could affect the way he or she is treated by peers.
2. Crooked teeth can impact the bite.
If you suspect that your child’s bite is not aligned, we invite you to make an appointment with Timothy G. Mahoney DDS. Doctor Tim Mahoney can evaluate your child’s bite and make recommendations to see a specialist if needed.
3. Crooked teeth can impact normal speech development.
4. Correcting a child’s teeth with orthodontia is faster and easier when the jaw is young and flexible.
5. Crooked teeth can cut down your child’s ability to eat a healthy diet.
Misaligned teeth can make chewing and eating difficult. Children need a variety of foods but may miss out on critical nutrients if they can’t chew raw vegetables or meat, for example. If your child only eats soft foods, his/her jaw may not develop normal size and strength.
6. Misaligned teeth can damage the gums and underlying bone.
7. If crooked teeth cause malocclusion (bad bite), problems with TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) can result.
TMD is a dangerous condition affecting the jaw joint.
8. It’s easier to clean teeth when they are straight and uncrowded.
When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes challenging to make critical daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, issues with plaque build-up, cavities, and gum disease commonly result.
9. If the child’s crooked teeth are not corrected while they are young, the troubles may compound and become worse with age.
Severely crooked teeth generally affect well-being and quality of life. For example, chewing troubles can lead to ulcers, and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.
10. There are many new types of braces.
Ceramic, self-ligating, and lingual (invisible) braces are some of the new orthodontia options. In some circumstances, invisible braces can be just as effective at correcting teeth as the traditional type.
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