How Does Misalignment Endanger My Oral Health?

smile with dental misalignmentWe urge people with minor and advanced misalignment to seek treatment in order to protect the health of their smile. Otherwise, poor alignment could lead to serious problems with the health and stability of your smile. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist explains how misalignment endangers oral health, and looks at possible solutions.

Cavities and Gum Disease

Did you know that poor alignment is often linked to oral health issues like cavities and even gum disease? For many people, crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth mean places for food particles to become trapped. Even daily brushing and flossing could fail to dislodge them! As a result, bacteria have an opportunity to break them down, a process that elevates oral acidity and coats the teeth in a sticky layer of plaque. This buildup could erode enamel and inflame gum tissues, boosting the risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disese and causing uncomfortable symptoms and serious complications for the health and beauty of your smile.

TMJ Disorder and Bruxism

Misalignment also places enormous pressure on your jaw joints, and could upset bite balance. The strain on your jaw joints could lead to TMJ disorder, which makes opening and closing your mouth difficult. Bruxism (teeth grinding) could also develop, which places pressure on the teeth and could even crack or chip them, or simply wear down outer enamel. These issues could lead to painful symptoms, such as aches in the face and jaw, and persistent headaches and migraines.

Possible Treatment Options for All Ages

We have the ability to help people of all ages. For children, our phased orthodontics, including teeth spacers, aligners, and retainers, could helps limit the severity of misalignment and guides the growth of the smile. In the teen and adult years, we could recommend braces with tooth-colored brackets and even Invisalign® aligners, to begin shifting the teeth and correcting misalignment. With a more even smile comes a greater level of confidence and comfort, as well as better oral health in the long-term. If you have any questions about how we address poor alignment, or if you would like to schedule a visit for you or a member of your family, remember that we’re here to help you enjoy optimal oral health and a stunning, even smile.


We’re ready to help you obtain a smile that looks great and stays healthy by correcting minor and advanced cases of poor alignment, whether you need braces or clear aligners. To learn more about treating poor alignment for kids, teens, and adults, 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.