When teeth are crowded, they can create problems that go beyond looks. Untreated teeth crowding can lead to a host of issues, such as:
Increased cavities. Teeth crowding creates nooks and crannies where food particles can hide, which increases the risks of cavities. It’s simply harder to clean those tight spaces.
Damage to teeth. Crowding often causes a misalignment of the bite, which makes for uneven wear and tear over time. This ups the risk for damage to the enamel, leading to cracks or chips.
Pain or discomfort when chewing. Unintentionally biting one’s lips or the inside of the cheeks is sometimes a result of crowded teeth.
Headaches and jaw pain. Crowded teeth can be a root cause of a painful jaw disorder called TMJ.
Speech problems. Where teeth are positioned in the mouth impacts how we articulate words.
Gum pain. As people age with untreated teeth crowding, they have more gum disease.
Social-emotional health. If a person is unhappy with how their teeth look, they may limit themselves socially or have difficulties with self-esteem and confidence. The health benefits of treating crowded teeth are many, as your teeth need to last you a lifetime.
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Ana Castilla, DDS, MS is a board-certified, Oregon-based orthodontist. She is passionate about helping patients attain their perfect smile, so they can live their lives to the fullest!