Can Crowded Teeth Cause Pain?
Teeth crowding can occur quite naturally and is usually a result of genetics. Many people aren’t born with perfect, straight teeth which can result in overcrowding. Some people also don’t experience overcrowding until their wisdom teeth come in. Oftentimes, wisdom teeth will push or shift the surrounding teeth, causing tight space or sometimes even overlapping of teeth. Most people will have to undergo wisdom teeth removal. While crowded teeth are very much an aesthetic nuisance, they can also pose some serious health problems. To learn more about remedies for crowded teeth pain, visit your Diamond Bar orthodontist!
Tooth Wear, Stress, & Pain
When your teeth are crowded, it’s also often an indicator that your bite is off too. A bad bite is essentially a jaw misalignment that can be caused by crowded teeth. When your jaw is misaligned, you’re likely to experience crowded teeth pain. This is because poor alignment causes unusual wear patterns because the top and bottom teeth aren’t lined up properly to meet with one another in a natural way. This can eventually lead to fractures in teeth and cause some severe jaw and neck pain.
Crowded teeth pain is not limited to your mouth. As a result of the wear and stress on your teeth and jaw from overcrowding, you may also experience more headaches. People with TMJ often experience this, which is also often a result of overcrowded teeth.
Another common problem resulting from crowded teeth is gum disease. When your teeth are pushed very closely together, it becomes hard to clean in between the cracks. Some areas may be very hard to reach or clean properly, which causes food or bacteria to linger around longer, resulting in tooth and gum decay.
Along with gum disease usually comes bad breath. Again, because it’s difficult to thoroughly clean between crowded teeth, bacteria can build up over time, causing very bad breath.
Misaligned and crowded teeth can also affect the way you speak, making it difficult to articulate certain words or even causing certain speech impediments. Sounds that require your tongue and tooth to touch, such as “s” or “t” sounds, can be more difficult to speak and thus can result in some low self-esteem while talking.
One of the more psychological effects of crowded teeth is that it can cause low self-esteem. Not all crowded teeth are obvious, but some can be quite noticeable, with teeth overlapping, or appearing quite crooked. Even if the crowding of your teeth isn’t very noticeable, it can impact your speech, making it hard to annunciate certain sounds. This may make you nervous to speak in front of others and difficult to make connections.
When your teeth are misaligned due to overcrowding, it can make chewing food properly an issue. While this doesn’t seem like a big deal, it can end up leading to other stomach problems. For example, when you’re unable to chew food into smaller pieces, it can make it quite difficult for your stomach and intestines to digest the food properly. In addition, chewing your food thoroughly allows your body to absorb more of its nutrients. It also allows for easy digestion and maintaining a healthy weight. Without chewing your food properly, all of this can go down the drain quite easily, causing weight gain or daily bloating.
If you’re tired of living with crowded teeth pain or low self-esteem, don’t hesitate to call Diamond Bar Dental Studio at 909-455-9979 today. Or, check out our website to explore your options for getting your teeth aligned and happy!
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