Good teeth — everyone is born with a good set of pearly whites. But as time takes its toll and habits give way to neglect, the perfectly good teeth become less than perfect.
So what, you ask? What is so wrong with having less than perfect teeth? Some people have lived their lives with crooked teeth, stained teeth, and gaps, and they have done OK. While that might be true for some, there are cosmetic dental problems that do more than just help improve your appearance.
Here are five signs that you need cosmetic dentistry today:
- You experience increasing heartburn or ulcers.
Your teeth are for chewing; that is their main function (not to open packages or tear into bags of potato chips). If you have a misalignment or other structural issues with your teeth, you might not be chewing as properly as you should be.
When you chew properly, you produce saliva that comes with enzymes, which help process digestion; the enzyme works with the acid in your tummy called chime, which then helps your food move to the small intestine. Improper chewing could cause heartburn, ulcers, and other digestive issues.
- You don’t smile or laugh as you used to.
It’s not easy to smile or laugh when you’re embarrassed about gaps or stains on your teeth. Everyone always looks better (and feels better) when they smile or laugh. Don’t deny yourself this opportunity by feeling self-conscious about your teeth.
Also, know that a smile can make anyone feel comfortable around you, so it’s a pretty good “tool” for work or business, too.
- You feel terrible pressure in the jaw.
Remember that misalignment you have been ignoring? Now it’s led to this uncomfortable pressure in the jaw, and you may be suffering from temporomandibular disorder (TMD). This could cause, among other things, headaches, toothaches, hearing problems, and upper shoulder pain.
- You’re getting more tooth decay.
Tooth decay can cause other problems; when left untreated, it could lead to serious gum diseases and possibly diabetes, heart disease, and various health problems.
- You get chronic “headaches.”
It might have something to do with your stressful job or the people around you. But it might also have something to do with your crooked teeth. This could lead to an imbalanced bite force that releases pain to nearby muscles and nerves of your head.
Getting your teeth fixed by a licensed and experienced dentist will provide social and health benefits. Don’t just think about it as a cosmetic solution; think of it as the dental solution.