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If you’ve had missing teeth for a long period of time, you’re likely experiencing some not-so-great side effects. From health problems to changes in your appearance, missing teeth for any extended length of time can have a serious affect on your confidence, appearance, and overall well-being.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at a couple of those side effects.

Speech and eating

Missing teeth, as mentioned above, will also play a huge impact in your speech and ability to eat. Believe it or not, but our teeth actually play a huge role in how we talk and shape sounds. Without teeth in their proper place, it’s hard to say certain words, and you end up becoming incredibly self-conscious of not only the gap in your smile, but your newfound speech impediment.

Additionally, the long-term loss of teeth affects how you eat. You may have to put more strain on other teeth in order to compensate for a lost tooth, which increase the risk of those teeth wearing out far before you do.

Aesthetics

The most noticeable danger of missing your teeth is the gaps they create in your smile. Without teeth in their proper place, you can become very self-conscious and never feel like smiling in pictures.

If you’ve been missing teeth for a long time and deal with any of the above problems, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team here at The Chicago Family Dental Center in Chicago,Illinois today. We can’t wait to help you achieve your goal of a beautiful smile. You can call us at 312.551.0500.