This Is Why Your Crooked Teeth Hurt

25 March 2020
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


Plenty of people have crooked teeth all over the world, and it's often taken for granted. But what if those crooked teeth start to feel pain? If you know that you don't have a cavity or gum disease and are still experiencing discomfort in your crooked teeth, then it may be the crookedness itself that's causing them to experience pain. Here's what you need to know about it.

Above the Surface

When teeth become crooked, it's not as though they simply wiggle out of position and that's that. A crooked tooth will naturally overcrowd any other tooth on its left or right, depending on the direction it drifts in. This can cause problems in your mouth.

When one tooth drifts and crowds a neighboring tooth, the two of them will eventually collide unless things are improved. This can cause discomfort because the neighboring tooth is being pushed on and isn't designed to have this kind of pressure put on it on a regular basis. There's nowhere for that tooth to go, either, so it'll just end up overcrowding its own neighbor until you end up having an entire row of teeth pushing against each other.

Below the Surface

Unfortunately, what's going on above the surface is also happening underneath. You have to remember that your teeth are much longer than what you see above the surface, and underneath, they're also likely crashing into each other.

The problem here is that the hidden part of your teeth lack tooth enamel, the hard surface structure that's designed to protect your teeth from cavities, bacteria, and excessive pressure or rubbing from an external surface, like another tooth pushing up against it. What this means is that beneath the surface, your teeth are much more likely to be damaged by overcrowding, and pain may result.

Getting Help

If your teeth are hurting because they're overcrowded, then it's time to do something about it. You can start by visiting with an orthodontist. Your orthodontist will be able to determine what's happening with your teeth and why you're experiencing pain. If you're a good candidate for it, invisible braces may be exactly what you need to stop this pain.

From day one, invisible braces start moving teeth back in the direction they belong. As soon as your overcrowded teeth separate from one of another, you should feel immediate relief. And in time, you'll have a gorgeous smile to enjoy, and all this pain will be behind you.

To learn more, contact a provider that offers invisible braces.