Oftentimes, when people think of the effects that crooked teeth can have on their smiles, they only think about appearance. However, crooked teeth can also have a big effect on how well or poorly your smile functions. This can lead some people to wonder if misaligned teeth are even as strong as properly aligned ones.

We’re sorry to break it to you, but crooked teeth can sometimes be weaker and lead to further oral and general health problems.

How Misaligned Teeth are Weaker

More Room for Bacteria

While plaque-causing bacteria can cling to straight teeth and be removed through proper dental hygiene, crooked teeth allow for more surface area for plaque to cling to. You may also not be able to reach small nooks and crannies that are formed by crooked teeth when brushing, leading to more decay. Decayed teeth can have a higher risk of chipping, cracking, or falling out.

Decay Can Lead to Gum Disease

When too much bacteria and plaque build-up on your teeth and around your gum line, you can develop gingivitis or gum disease. As your gum health diminishes, teeth can become weaker in your jaw, putting them at risk of damage and maker them less functional in your smile.

Misalignment Causes Chewing Problems

Teeth that protrude outward from your jaw can cause an improper bite, making it more difficult for you to chew and eat properly. While your teeth are not inherently weaker, crooked teeth can prevent you from being able to easily bite down on your favorite foods.