A Straight Solution – Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Braces
As we learn more about the repercussions to your oral health when teeth grow in out of alignment, it’s no wonder that demand for orthodontic treatment amongst children, teens, and adults continues to rise. Plus, orthodontics delivers some of the most dramatic changes to your smile, your facial appearance, and your confidence … therefore, and this is no exaggeration … your life.
Having crooked teeth not only has detrimental effects on your mental health, but it can trigger all types of problems with your physical health, including headaches to hearing issues and digestive ailments or even mood swings and poor self-esteem.
Why do some people have crooked teeth? There are a few reasons...
- Mouth Breathing – When nose-breathing is restricted or blocked, either temporarily or long-term, people become “mouth breathers.” This contributes to incorrect jaw development, crooked teeth, facial deformities, and poor growth.
- Myofunctional Habits – These are habits that are associated with muscles of the mouth, like those involved with thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting, and reverse swallowing. These habits may cause under-development of the jaw.
- Nail Biting – Believe it or not, your fingernails are really tough and put up a lot of resistance when you bite them. It can cause teeth to move inward or twist. Gaps may become wider.
- Missing Teeth – Teeth act as placeholders for each other. When one is lost, the neighboring teeth shift to fill the space left behind.
- Genetics – Just like you can’t choose your hair color or eye color, you can’t predetermine you tooth color, size, shape, nor alignment. Often children will inherit one parent’s larger-sized teeth with another parent’s smaller jaw, resulting in a crowded smile. When you reverse this scenario – small teeth in a wider jaw – it results in a widely spaced smile.