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By Dr. Ernest Fontaine
July 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   crooked teeth  

Dangers of Crooked Teeth Find out why a crooked, uneven smile could spell problems for our oral health.

Most people aren’t naturally born with perfectly straight smiles. Fortunately, many people can still get the smiles they want just by wearing braces. While crooked teeth can certainly put a damper on the aesthetic aspects of your smile, find out the other important reasons why your Harrisburg dentist Dr. Ernest Fontaine may recommend that you get orthodontic treatment.

Tooth Decay

If teeth are crooked or overlapping it can make it difficult to brush in between those hard-to-reach areas. This makes it more likely that you’ll miss spots when brushing, which means plaque is more likely to build up on your teeth. Over time this plaque and bacteria can start to wear away at healthy enamel, creating holes. These holes can eventually become cavities, which your Harrisburg dentist will need to treat with a dental filling. Prevent dental decay by getting orthodontic treatment.

Gum disease

Just as missing certain spots can be detrimental to the health of your teeth, it can have a negative impact on your gum health, too. Gum disease occurs when plaque turns to tartar, which you can’t remove with routine brushing. Only your Harrisburg dentist can successfully remove tartar buildup when you come in every six months for cleaning.

Premature wear and tear

If teeth are overlapping or you have a misaligned bite, they can cause unnecessary pressure and stress on both your teeth and jaws, which can cause enamel to wear down or become chipped.

Interested in finding out more about the orthodontic options Dr. Fontaine offers at his Harrisburg office? Then schedule an orthodontic consultation with us so we can decide the best treatment for you.