Are you self-conscious about your crooked, overcrowded, chipped, or broken teeth? You might be considering correcting the issues you see with cosmetic dental procedures. But maybe you’re not sure because you feel that “there’s really no reason to fix my teeth except looking better”? However, there are very good reasons to address these problems with your teeth beyond merely cosmetic ones.
Surprisingly enough, some of these issues that seem to be merely a matter of appearance can actually affect your oral health or possibly even your overall health. Dr. Natasha Radosavljevic — Dr. Rados for short — is an experienced dentist in Clearwater, FL who can help you restore and preserve your smile with cutting edge cosmetic dentistry techniques. Learn more about the important reasons to correct these problems with your teeth from Dr. Rados and her team below.
Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease
Overcrowded or crooked teeth may lead to more serious issues if left untreated. Teeth can gradually move in your mouth, crowding each other. When teeth have moved too close together, they can crack or fracture which can be painful and lead to infections and even lost teeth.
Crooked, chipped, or broken teeth are also challenging to clean. If teeth are not cleaned correctly, plaque can form between teeth and along the gum line and begin to eat away at tooth enamel. Also, your gums can become infected and inflamed, pulling away from your teeth and causing them to become loose in your mouth.
Improve Overall Health
Gum disease is linked to an increased risk of somatic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s. An uneven bite, fractured or overcrowded teeth, or broken teeth can lead to gum disease simply because they are more difficult to brush and floss correctly. Therefore, correcting what seems like “just” a cosmetic problem can actually keep your body healthy.
Ensure Your Teeth Wear Evenly
If teeth are not aligned properly, they can wear unevenly, causing premature tooth decay and pain. A common cause for excessive wear of teeth is an uneven bite, which can stem from an overbite, underbite, a jaw injury, crooked or missing teeth, or even an uneven crown or molding fit.
If not treated, teeth can be worn down to the dentin — the more sensitive layer beneath the enamel — and dentin erodes even faster and is more sensitive than enamel. Once the dentin is exposed, a person’s teeth can quickly be worn down to their stumps, meaning that bridges, crowns, root canals, implants and even dentures may be necessary to restore them.
Improve Your Smile in Clearwater, FL
Dr. Rados is an experienced dentist who offers many different types of conservative, effective treatments to fit your needs. Schedule a consultation online or call our office at 727.360.4302 today to keep your smile healthy and your confidence high!