Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

Health Issues Associated with Crooked Teeth

Many people think of crooked teeth as an aesthetic problem, but in reality, in addition to cosmetic concerns, they can trigger a surprising list of health problems. If your dentist recommends treating your crooked teeth with Invisalign or another straightening procedure, then he or she is not only concerned with giving you a beautiful smile but also in preventing future health concerns. Here is a look at some of the health problems associated with crooked teeth.

Gum Disease

When your teeth are crooked, they are more difficult to clean. Even with your best efforts to brush and floss diligently, you won’t be able to reach all of the surfaces of your teeth, which means that there will be areas where food particles, bacteria, and plaque are allowed to grow uncontrolled. This can lead to gum disease, as the bacteria enter the gums and cause an infection. This risk is exacerbated by gums that don’t fit tightly around crooked teeth, leaving pockets that can be filled with additional bacteria. Gum disease, when left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and systemic health problems, including respiratory problems, heart disease, low birth weight in babies, and high blood glucose levels in people with diabetes.

Loss of Enamel

Crooked teeth often rub together, causing uneven wearing on the teeth surfaces. Likewise, some parts of the teeth are used more in chewing than others because of alignment issues, which increases the uneven wear and tear. This can cause an irreversible loss of tooth enamel that leads to sensitivity and the increased risk of tooth decay.

Digestive Problems

Many people overlook the importance of their teeth in the digestive process, but when food is not properly chewed, it becomes more difficult to digest and can cause intestinal issues. Crooked teeth make it almost impossible to chew effectively, leading to a range of digestive problems.

Don’t let crooked teeth compromise your smile or your health. Dr. Charles Marks provides Invisalign in New York to straighten teeth and boost your confidence on your smile. To make an appointment at our cosmetic dentistry practice, whether you need a preventative cleaning or treatment for crooked teeth, call (212) 279-1232.

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347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

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