You may have heard the word malocclusion used to describe a variety of tooth and jaw problems. It simply means that the teeth and jaws don’t fit together properly. The teeth could be irregularly spaced or crowded or out of line. In children, bad habits like fingernail biting, tongue thrusting, thumbsucking, or mouth breathing can be the cause. Sometimes malocclusion is inherited. You can get a small jaw from one parent and large teeth from the other, and that can spell trouble all around.
Why are crooked teeth a problem?
Teeth and jaws that don’t line up in a good biting position can set the stage for tooth decay and gum disease. Poorly arranged teeth can trap food particles and allow plaque and tartar to build up. Chewing can be difficult, and that can affect diet and digestion. Malocclusion can even cause speech problems.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Periodontal Disease
Dentists deal with straightening teeth and altering bone growth. They carefully assess each case, and use 3D technology to guide teeth into their proper positions using clear aligners. These tools work best on younger patients since their teeth and bones are softer and easier to work with. Even in the very young, early orthodontics can fix alignment problems before they affect the permanent teeth. That can save a lot of cost and trouble down the road. Thanks to orthodontics, there’s no reason we can’t put crooked teeth on the straight and narrow.
What Type of Malocclusion Do You Have?
- Deep Bite
- Excessive Overjet
- Edge-to-Edge Bite
- Open Bite
Invisalign invisible braces can correct and straighten all of these scenarios. This can make a significant difference in having a healthy mouth and keeping your teeth for life. Many patients enjoy easier flossing because their teeth aren’t so crowded afterwards, and if their teeth were overlapping they are also easier to brush.
A Potential Health Risk
If left untreated, malocclusion can lead to periodontal disease and premature wear of teeth that can worsen over time and even result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease may also increase the risk for atheroscleroitc cardiovascular disease (hardening of the arteries).
A Straightforward Solution
Contact Dawson Dental today at 1-877-943-2976 to reserve a free consultation. Or visit our web site to learn more about invisalign invisible braces.