Perhaps you’ve decided to just accept your crooked smile; maybe it doesn’t bother you anymore or you are too reluctant to invest the money to straighten it. While there are certainly profound advantages to be gained in aesthetics, straightening your teeth can also reduce your risk for dental problems and improve your overall oral health. With today’s expansive menu of available orthodontics, it is never to late to fix teeth that are crooked, misaligned or protruding.
To help you understand the dental health consequences of neglecting orthodontics, here are a few examples:
Crowded teeth put you at a greater risk for tooth decay and gum disease
Even the most skilled and avid brushers can find it difficult to clean teeth that are crowded or overlapped. Unfortunately, this invites bacteria and plaque buildup, which solicits cavities and disease around your gum line. Untreated gum disease will eventually cause tooth loss. Therefore, the time and money invested in orthodontics could be minimal compared to future dental problems.
TMJ disorders or migraines may develop
A misaligned bite can put unnecessary strain on your jaw muscles and disrupt its function. This can wear down your teeth and also lead to chronic jaw pain or migraines caused by TMJ. Your may not even be aware of your malocclusion, or misaligned bite, so let your dentist examine you on a regular basis.
Overbites Make You Susceptible to Tooth Injury
If you have an overbite or teeth that protrude, your risk for dental fracture is greater. Bringing these teeth back into proper alignment with orthodontics can help prevent dental damage caused by accidental injury.
Gainesville Dental Group offers the leading orthodontic treatment for adults who want a straighter smile with optimal convenience and discretion. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligner trays to treat teeth that are protruding, crowded, gapped or crooked. Gaining a straighter and healthier smile has never been so easy and beneficial!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Vetter, Gainesville Dental Group