What Makes Correcting Misalignment So Important?

We often urge patients of all ages to address their poor alignment with orthodontic treatment, providing a full array of possible solutions for Fort Worth, TX, residents. But what makes correcting misalignment such a vital task? After all, isn’t it mainly a cosmetic issue? The truth is, even minor misalignment could be linked to a host of serious oral health problems!

The Causes of Poor Alignment

Several factors could lead to misalignment, such as premature loss of baby teeth, thumb sucking, or tongue thrusting in childhood. Injury to the face or jaw, as well as the size and shape of the jaw could also lead to problems. Losing teeth in adulthood could also cause teeth to drift and lead to teeth becoming crooked, crowded, or overlapping. As part of your treatment, we will use digital technology to help assess the cause and extent of your alignment issues, which helps us identify the most appropriate treatment options for kids and adults alike. 

The Oral Health Impacts

When our teeth are uneven thoroughly brushing and flossing becomes a difficult task. As a result of this difficulty, food particles could remain between the teeth, trapped and available for bacteria to break down. This process increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as the teeth become coated in a sticky layer of plaque. In addition, the impact on your bite balance and the jaw joints could mean a greater likelihood of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), causing discomfort and the risk of damaged or infected teeth. Correcting the problem not only offers a boost to your smile’s beauty, but could also lead to improved oral health as well!

Treatment Options

Treatment options will vary of course. For example, some kids could benefit from teeth spacers, retainers, or even aligners. Teens may need clear Invisalign® aligners or braces, the same goes for adults. To limit the appearance of teens and adults, we could use ceramic brackets when prescribe braces, which helps them better blend with your smile. We also have appliances that could offer solutions fro TMJ disorder and bruxism as well. If you have any questions about correcting poor alignment, then please contact our team today. We would love to help you and your family enjoy better oral health and stunning smiles!

Do You Want a Straighter Smile?

We’re here to help you and your family enjoy your best possible smile with an array of orthodontic treatment options. To schedule your consultation and learn more, then 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, and all surrounding communities.