Many people see us about addressing poor alignment because they want a more attractive smile. While correcting crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth can improve smile beauty, this process also prevents poor oral health too! In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about correcting misalignment.
The Dangers of Poor Alignment
What makes poor alignment a danger for our oral health? Well, uneven teeth often provide places for bits of food to become trapped. Even brushing and flossing could fail to remove them! Which means bacteria can break them down in a process that increases the risk of issues like cavities, infections, gingivitis, and gum disease. For others, the pressure placed on the jaw joints and bite balance could make TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) more likely, leading to headaches, jaw pain, and even damaged teeth in some cases. Some could even see issues with breathing at night or could become more susceptible to problems like sleep apnea as a result of airway obstruction impacted by poor alignment.
Care for Kids and Teens
We suggest starting treatment as soon as possible. By beginning the treatments in childhood, you reduce the severity of misalignment by guiding the growth and development of the smile. This limits how long braces or aligners will be needed in the teen and adult years. Our interceptive orthodontics for kids include teeth spacers and retainers, which help address the issue in kids!
Improving Alignment in Adult Smiles
As we reach the teen and adult years, we may recommend braces or aligners. With braces, we attach ceramic brackets to the teeth, which blend with them. A wire is connected to the bracket with a band, and we adjust tension in the wire to begin moving the teeth into more optimal positions. We also correct misalignment with Invisalign® aligners, which employ a series of clear and comfortable aligners to begin moving the teeth into more optimal positions. To limit the amount of time required for these positions, we may also use the Propel® Accelerated Orthodontics system, which stimulates the growth of bone tissue and periodontal tissues around the teeth as they move into new positions. If you have any questions about correcting misalignment, or about our approach to care for kids, teens, and adults, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ADDRESSING POOR ALIGNMENT?
We want to help people enjoy better oral health by addressing their poor alignment, whether in childhood or in the teen and adult years. To learn more about treating crooked and crowded teeth, 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.