Dental misalignment means your teeth are not in proper alignment, which could impact the beauty of your smile. However, this also leads to issues with your oral health too. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about the causes of misalignment, and why you should consider seeking a solution!
The Causes of Poor Alignment
What happens to cause teeth to become crooked, crowded, or to overlap one another? The factors could include issues with the growth and development of the jaw and oral structures, which impacts how the teeth erupt in childhood. Premature loss of baby teeth due to cavities or infection could then lead to poor alignment, as could impacted permanent teeth in childhood or thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. As you grow older, injury, wisdom tooth eruption, or tooth loss due to issues like injection or periodontal disease could lead to uneven smiles as well.
Impacts on Your Oral Health
Now that you know the possible causes, how does having an uneven smile impact your overall health? Well, this could enable food particles to remain trapped between teeth and beyond the reach of a toothbrush and floss tape, increasing the risk of cavities and gum disease. The changes to the balance of your bite could make TMJ disorder and bruxism more likely as well, leading to painful headaches or even damaged teeth. The factors behind your misalignment could also impact air passages, increasing the risk of poor sleep in childhood and even sleep apnea in adulthood!
Starting Your Treatment
By repositioning the teeth, you ensure better balance, better oral health, and of course, a more attractive smile. To start, our team will examine your smile with advanced iTero® digital scanning technology and I-Cat imaging. We identify the factors behind your misalignment and assess severity, planning your treatment with precision and accuracy. For children, we could use phased orthodontics to guide the growth of the smile and limit severity until the teen years, when we suggest correcting smiles with braces or possibly clear Invisalign® aligners. Braces and aligners are also help our adult patients too! If you have any questions about this process, or if you would like to see which option is right for you, then please contact our team today. We offer straighter smiles to people of all ages, so you obtain a better smile in 2021!
Ready for an Even Smile?
Our team is ready to start you on the path toward an even smile, offering care for kids, teens, and adults. To learn more about how we correct crooked, crowded, and overlapping 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.