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How crooked teeth affect your teen mentally and physically

How crooked teeth affect your teen mentally and physically

Every parent wants the best for their teen but if they happen to develop crooked teeth, it has the potential to harm them both mentally and physically. Our BC Straight Smile dentists are here to explain why.

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

Crooked teeth can happen for a number of reasons but the most common one is genetics. If you or your partner has ever had braces or has needed orthodontic treatment, chances are your child will have a higher risk of the same type of orthodontic issue. 

This can also be due to: 

  • Prolonged use of pacifiers 
  • Injury to the mouth 
  • Prolonged thumb-sucking 

How Crooked Teeth Can Affect Your Child

There are many ways crooked teeth can affect your teen and their developing smile, some are psychological while others can be physical.

    Psychological Effects

    Children learn quickly, and if they have crooked teeth, they may become self-conscious and stop voicing their opinions, interacting, or even speaking all together because of the way their teeth look. Research has shown that children who are not happy with the look of their teeth will refrain from smiling and can be withdrawn from their peers as well. 

    Improving a physical trait can often lead to an improvement of someone's social interactions, attitude, and self-esteem. When you correct your child’s smile, you help protect their confidence when it comes to interacting, socializing, and having the confidence to do it all. 

    Physical Effects

    Needless to say, there are big benefits to straighter teeth when it comes down to it physically. Straight teeth are easier to clean because there are fewer nooks and crannies for plaque and bacteria to hide and build up in. 

    If your child has crooked teeth, it can also be more difficult to learn how to properly brush and floss your teeth. Not knowing how to maintain good oral hygiene can lead to an increase in cavities, tooth decay, and more dental issues. 

    If you would like to learn more about what benefits might be possible for your teen with Invisalign, contact a Straight Smile Centres member practice to schedule a consultation.

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