Are crooked teeth detracting from your smile’s impact? If so, you may be interested in straightening them. But did you know that there are other benefits to straightening crooked teeth besides cosmetic ones. To learn more, take the following quiz from your Rochester MN dentist, Dr. Calcagno, and test your knowledge of the benefits of orthodontic treatment.
Take the Quiz
- True or False: Crooked teeth have no impact upon oral health and hygiene.
- True or False: Crooked teeth can lower your confidence and your quality of life.
- True or False: Misaligned teeth can stress the jaw, creating problems with the temporomandibular joints (TMJs).
Check Your Answers
- False. Crooked teeth are actually harder to clean than properly aligned teeth. Crooked teeth have many overlapping areas and crevices in which bacteria can hide, putting them out of reach of a toothbrush. This means that flossing must be even more thorough to ensure that teeth are kept clean of potentially harmful bacteria. If homecare is not thorough enough, tooth decay and gum disease may result.
- True. If your smile is made up of crooked teeth, you may feel embarrassed to show off your teeth. This self-conscious behavior can lower your confidence, and if you perform this type of behavior enough, you may significantly alter your mood by preventing yourself from smiling.
- True. When teeth do not come together properly, it is referred to as malocclusion (bad bite). When misaligned teeth are forced to come together, the jaw joints (TMJs) are strained. Unfortunately, these joints are rather delicate, and any significant and repetitive strain can result in a debilitating condition known as a TMJ disorder. Common symptoms of TMJ disorders include migraines, earaches, facial pain, and jaw pain.
Schedule a Visit with Your Rochester MN Cosmetic Dentist
Are you looking for a discrete solution to your crooked teeth? Contact your Rochester MN cosmetic dentist, Dr. Calcagno, today at (507) 281-3659 to schedule an appointment or a consultation. We look forward to treating patients from Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding communities.