Often, people assume that misalignment is primarily a cosmetic issue, one really only affecting someone’s appearance. However, the truth is that crooked and crowded teeth could lead to a myriad of oral health complications. In order to maintain a healthy smile, one should consider undergoing orthodontic treatment. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist explains why braces and aligners can be beneficial for your smile’s health.
For some, crooked or crowded teeth could lead to issues with a smile’s appearance. Many even take steps to avoid smiling in public, hiding their smiles in pictures or when laughing. Over time, these concerns can have a negative impact on your overall quality of life. Enjoying a more even smile could provide a confidence boost and help you enjoy your social interactions more. You should feel proud of your smile, and we would love the opportunity to help you!
Did you know that with an uneven smile, thoroughly brushing and flossing becomes a difficult task? When if you clean your teeth twice a day, food particles could still remain trapped between the teeth. Over time, bacteria will break down these trapped particles, a process that increases the levels of oral acidity and coats the teeth in plaque. A bacterial byproduct, plaque weakens tooth enamel and could inflame the gum tissue, which means a greater overall risk of cavities and gum disease.
There could also be complications for your jaw joints. Misalignment has been known to place enormous pressure on the jaw joints. For some, this means TMJ disorder, in which patients eventually have trouble opening their mouths completely. Bruxism could also develop, a disorder that involves patients routinely grinding or clenching their teeth. Bruxism has been known to wear down enamel and even damage the teeth. Both teeth grinding and TMJ disorder have been linked to jaw pain, headaches, and the increased potential for damaged smiles!
As your smile’s overall health suffers, these complications could lead to serious problems down the road. For example, an untreated cavity may mean a painful infection and for some, the loss of the tooth. Gum disease could mean the onset of periodontitis, the advanced stage that is the number one cause of adult tooth loss. Don’t let your overall health suffer, talk to our team about possible solutions with cosmetic braces or Invisalign® clear aligners.
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Our team is ready to help you with personalized orthodontic treatment options. To schedule your consultation and learn more about our solutions for misalignment, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Springtown, Rome, and all surrounding communities.