Are you putting up with crooked, overcrowded, chipped, or broken teeth? You might be considering cosmetic dental procedures to restore your smile. But maybe you’re not sure because you feel that “there’s no reason to spend the time or money to fix my teeth except looking better”? However, that simply isn’t true. There are several reasons to fix your teeth beyond merely the cosmetic. Many problems that seem just cosmetic can actually negatively affect your oral health and even your overall health.
Dr. Donald Reid is an experienced dentist in Truckee, CA who can help restore and preserve your smile with cutting edge cosmetic dental procedures. Learn more about the important reasons to fix dental problems from Dr. Reid and his team below.
Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease
Overcrowded or crooked teeth may signal deeper problems going on beneath the gums. Teeth can shift in your mouth and become overcrowded if there’s nowhere else for them to go. When teeth move too close together, they can crack or fracture, causing pain and, if left untreated, eventually infection.
Crooked, chipped, or broken teeth are also a challenge to clean. If you do not clean your teeth properly, plaque will form between them and along the gum line and begin to eat away at your tooth enamel. Also, the bacteria can cause your gums to become infected and inflamed and pull away from your teeth, causing them to be less stable.
Improve Overall Health
Progressive gum disease is linked to overall health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s. An uneven bite, fractured or overcrowded teeth, or even missing teeth can lead to gum disease simply due to the fact that they are more difficult to clean. Therefore, correcting crooked teeth may benefit the health of your entire body.
Ensure Your Teeth Wear Evenly
Teeth that are not aligned properly can wear unevenly, causing premature tooth decay and discomfort. A common cause for excessive wear of teeth is an uneven bite, which stem from an overbite, an underbite, a jaw injury, crooked or missing teeth, or even an uneven crown or molding fit.
Excess tooth wear can quickly progress to more serious dental health concerns because once teeth are worn down to the more sensitive layers beneath the enamel, called the dentin, it erodes even faster than enamel and causes more pain. If uneven wear is left untreated, a person’s teeth can be worn down to their stumps, meaning that bridges, crowns, root canals, implants and even dentures may become necessary to remedy the issue.
Improve Your Smile in Truckee, CA
Dr. Reid is an experienced dentist who offers many different types of conservative, effective treatments to fit your needs. Schedule a consultation with our office online or by phone at (530) 206-0392 to keep your smile healthy and your confidence high!