We often talk about correcting your smile’s alignment, recommending everything from clear Invisalign® aligners to cosmetic tooth-colored brackets. But what makes correcting misalignment so important? How do crooked and crowded teeth actually impact the health of smiles in Fort Worth, TX? We’re looking at the ways in which an uneven smile harms the overall health of you smile.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
When you have an uneven smile, this means your teeth often provide convenient hiding places for food particles to become trapped. When you brush and floss, you may not be able to reach and remove these particles. Harmful bacteria then break them down, a process that increases oral acidity and causes plaque buildup to form on the teeth. Plaque actually weakens the outer layers of tooth enamel, causing the erosion that could lead to cavities. The buildup also inflames gum tissue, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Without proper alignment, the overall health of your teeth and gums may suffer!
TMJ Disorder and Bruxism
Our temporomandibular joints control the movement needed to eat and speak, connecting the jaw to the skull. If these joints undergo excessive strain, which could be brought on by misalignment, then TMJ disorder develops. Patients eventually have trouble fully opening and closing their mouths, and may develop a popping sensation in the jaw, headaches, jaw pain, and facial discomfort.
Bruxism, in which patients grind their teeth and clench their jaws frequently at night, often occurs due to pressure on the jaw joints as well. Over time, chronic teeth grinding actually wears down the teeth and potentially cracks or chips them. The damage then exposes the sensitive inner tooth structure and increases the risk of tooth decay and infection.
Now, let’s talk about the impact on our appearance. Poor alignment may cause a person to become self-conscious about his or her smile. People with uneven smiles may avoid pictures or try to hide their teeth when laughing or smiling. We don’t want your smile’s alignment to impact your social life or overall quality of life. Instead, we want to work with you to choose the best treatment option to correct your misalignment. If you have any questions about Invisalign®, tooth-colored brackets, or orthodontic appliances for children, then contact our team today. Let’s make 2019 the year you obtain a healthier smile!
Interested in Clear Orthodontics?
We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health with our orthodontic treatment options. To schedule your consultation and discuss our solutions to misalignment, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Ft. Worth, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, and all surrounding communities.