How Does Misalignment Cause Poor Oral Health?

At the moment, we’re closing our doors to help protect the community from COVID-19. However, as soon as we can open our doors again, we would love to help you and your family address your issues with misalignment. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist is looking at the dangers posed by crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth.

Cavities and Gum Disease

When we have poor alignment, this often provides places for food particles to become trapped, areas that could be difficult to reach even if you do brush and floss properly each day. As these particles remain trapped, bacteria will break them down. This process not only elevates oral acidity, but also coats the teeth in plaque buildup, a sticky bacterial byproduct that could weaken and erode enamel, and inflame gum tissue, increasing the risks of tooth decay, gingivitis, and even gum disease. However, with a more even smile, properly brushing and flossing is much easier, which helps safeguard your smile.

TMJ Disorder and Bruxism

Uneven teeth could also place pressure on the jaw joints and upset bite balance at the same time. The pressure on the jaw joints could cause serious strain and eventually, increase the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism. With TMJ disorder, you could eventually have trouble fully opening and closing the mouth. Bruxism means we grind and clench our teeth regularly, which weakens and damages the teeth, increasing the risks of cavities and infection in the process. The symptoms of both disorders include headaches, migraines, jaw and facial pain, aches in the neck and shoulders, and toothaches and tooth sensitivity.

Long-Term Health Impacts

For some, misalignment could be related to issues with the shape and position of oral structures and tissues. Without correction, these issues could impact how we breathe and for adults, boost the risk of breathing and sleep issues like obstructive sleep apnea! Your overall health could suffer and you could experience strain on your immune system and your cardiovascular health. However, by correcting misalignment, you can reduce your risk of issues related to breathing and sleep. While we can only offer emergency orthodontic treatment, when our doors open again we would love to help you enjoy a more even and healthy smile, using cosmetic treatments like Invisalign® or even ceramic brackets.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT POOR ALIGNMENT?

As soon as we can open our doors again, we would like to help correct your misalignment. To learn more about our approach to correcting poor alignment, such as the Invisalign® system, 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.