Crooked Teeth Can Cause Long Term Health Effects

APPLE VALLEY, MN – Brite Smiles Dental Care (, in Apple Valley is now offering FastBraces and Invisalign to their patients in the southern Twin Cities area.

Most people are aware that having crooked teeth can affect their self-confidence and happiness, but crooked teeth can also negatively impact your health in ways that might surprise you – affecting your dental, overall, and even mental health.

Crooked teeth make it more difficult to reach all of the crevices between crooked teeth with toothbrush bristles and floss, which can lead to bacteria growth. Gum disease develops when bacteria in our mouth forms into plaque. The problem becomes accentuated when your gums don’t fit around your teeth well, leaving more room for bacteria to grow. The lingering bacteria around crooked teeth can cause bad breath, and lead to serious health problems. Studies by the American Dental Association have proven that oral infections caused by bacteria buildup may lead to more serious ailments, including diabetes, stroke, pneumonia, and heart disease.

Other problems that can be caused by crooked teeth include; unusual wear of tooth enamel, increased risk of tooth injuries caused by protruding teeth, cavities caused by crowded teeth, misalignment making it difficult to chew, or even talk, and of course, lowered self-esteem. Several studies have shown that having a better-looking smile increases the amount you smile.

FastBraces are a faster, more effective, and less expensive alternative to traditional metal braces. They are great for children that may have a harder time remembering to wear Invisalign, and for teenagers and adults that want the fastest option. They are also available in an inconspicuous Ceramic Clear version.

Invisalign gradually straightens your smile using a set of custom-fit clear plastic aligners that gently move your teeth into place. They are a great option for teenagers and adults that want to completely avoid the look of braces.

If you have crooked teeth, talk to your dentist about your options. They’ve come a long way since the braces of the past.

A recent Brite Smiles patient stated “FastBraces really are fast. I had them on for less than a year and just got them off in time for my birthday. My friends and my family have been telling me how much prettier my teeth look now that they’re straight. I know that I’ll have less dental problems now that my teeth aren’t crowded and I love my new smile!”

Dr. Dennis Simmons graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1976, receiving the Class Honor in prosthetics – dentures partial and full. Since then he has participated in over 3000 hours of continuing education courses, focusing primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, dental implants and implant-supported restorations, orthodontics, extractions, crown/bridge, root canals, bite and TMJ disorders, and sleep apnea. For his studies, he has been honored with the status of “Diplomate” from the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the International Osseous (bone) Integration Society. For more information on orthodontics services and options from Brite Smiles Dental Care, visit, or call 952-891-8484.