Many people are unaware of the ways uneven teeth impact our smiles. Crooked and crowded teeth are much more than just an esthetic concern. In fact, without treatment our uneven smiles could lead to serious oral health problems. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the dangers of misalignment and discussing how we help correct alignment in Fort Worth, TX.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
When we have uneven smiles, thoroughly brushing and flossing teeth may be difficult. For some, this means food particles remaining trapped between the teeth. As bacteria break down these particles, oral acidity increases and the teeth become coated in harmful plaque buildup. Over time, this could mean the onset of tooth decay and gum disease, causing major discomfort and impacting the stability of our smiles. To avoid the painful aches and sensitivity related to decay and infection, or the bleeding, sore gums people encounter with gingivitis and gum disease, talk to your orthodontist about correcting your alignment.
Jaw Joint Disorders
When we have poor alignment, this may place pressure on the jaw joints. For some, this means the onset of TMJ disorder. The jaw joint disorder leads to difficulty opening and closing the mouth, as well as headaches and popping or clicking in the jaw. Patients may also suffer from bruxism, in which they grind their teeth regularly. Teeth grinding places enormous pressure on the teeth, leading to an increased risk of decay and infection due to cracks or chips. Again, painful symptoms may arise, such as toothaches and tooth sensitivity, as well as headaches and jaw pain. Correcting your alignment reduces the pressure on your jaw joints and helps prevent the onset of these common but serious oral health problems.
Our Treatment Options
In order to avoid common oral health issues, as well as jaw joint disorders, you should talk to your Fort Worth orthodontist. We have a number of treatment options. For children, we begin with interceptive orthodontics, such a retainers, aligners, and teeth spacers. For teens and adults, we may suggest braces using tooth-colored brackets or Invisalign® aligners made from a clear plastic material. The option we choose will depend on the cause and severity of your misalignment. We will monitor your progress during treatment and help you achieve the even and healthy smile you deserve. If you have any questions about our orthodontic treatment options, then contact our team today.
DO YOU NEED ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
We want to offer a custom treatment for your uneven smile. To schedule your consultation and learn more about our tooth-colored brackets and Invisalign® aligners, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, and all surrounding communities.