Are Straight Teeth a Cosmetic or Functional Issue?

woman with a confident smileAre you dissatisfied with your smile because of one or more crooked teeth? For many people, minor issues like non-straight teeth are not a concern that warrants special attention, perhaps believing that the imperfections add character to their smiles. Unfortunately, however, your oral health may not share the same nonchalance about misaligned teeth, which can affect the proper function of your mouth. Therefore, the artful science of orthodontics (the dental specialty that addresses the alignment of your teeth and jaws) is as important to your oral health as it is to your smile’s beauty. Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, explains why crooked teeth should not be ignored, for the good of your dental health.       

How Important is Alignment?

If your teeth are out of balance, your mouth suffers from more than an awkward appearance. When you bite and chew, your mouth exerts a considerable amount of force. To maintain the integrity of your teeth and gums throughout a lifetime of use, the pressure from your bite must be evenly dispersed. An out-of-balance tooth, or several, can disrupt proper pressure displacement, exposing your teeth to excessive wear, structural damage, and/or an increased risk of developing a dental disease.

In many cases, malocclusion (a misaligned bite) can involve a crooked jaw as well as crooked teeth. When your jaw is not aligned properly, it must work extra hard to remain straight during operation, leading to excessive stress on the joints and muscles that connect your lower jaw to your skull. When the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are distressed or forced out of alignment, the discomfort can be debilitating and is often felt in the head, face, neck, jaw, mouth, and shoulder areas, among others.

Advanced Orthodontics in Lake Worth

Orthodontics is not a new idea, but using advanced technology, such as Invisalign clear braces and tooth-colored brackets, your Lake Worth orthodontist can help you achieve the symmetry that your smile deserves in less time and with more discretion than traditional methods. To learn more about the joys of a straight and confident smile, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cabal. Located in the 76135 area, we proudly serve families from Lake Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, Lake Worth, and all surrounding communities.