Having straight teeth contributes to more than your self-confidence — it plays a large role in your health overall. According to studies by the American Dental Association, crooked teeth is linked to serious health complications such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.
When teeth don’t fit together comfortably, it places strain on the jaw structure and surrounding teeth. This leads to chipping, wearing, headaches and earaches. The pressure on your jaw could also lead to severe pain in the jaw and neck. What’s more, this strain can lead to the development of TMD, or temporomandibular disorders — symptoms include severe pain and discomfort in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear.
Crowded teeth prevents proper care, which leads to tartar build up. The bacteria infects the tissue around the tooth and leads to periodontal (gum) disease.
Gum disease has been linked to other health concerns, such as:
- Heart attacks — Bacteria finds its way into your bloodstream, circulates inside your blood, damages the lining of your blood vessels which then develops into clots, making you susceptible to heart attacks
- Stroke — research suggests gum disease limits the amount of blood that flows to the brain, causing strokes
- Low baby birth rates — Studies have shown that women who have periodontal disease are more likely to give birth to premature babies
- Diabetes — When gums are infected, it becomes difficult for blood sugar levels to become stable
Some types of misalignments that can develop into serious health risks are:
- Teeth gaps
- Crowded teeth
- Edge to edge bite
Treatments such as Invisalign greatly reduces the health risks a crooked smile poses.
For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please contact us at (780)705-0266. Dr. David Yu is located in Edmonton, AB and is a Preferred Invisalign provider.