Straight Talk About Crooked Teeth

Why are crooked teeth a problem?

Teeth that are not aligned properly in your mouth create what dentists call: "malocclusion". Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to periodontal disease and create abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaws, which leads to premature wear. There are several types of malocclusion and each type has several potential issues.

Malocclusion and Periodontal Disease

Malocclusion affects 74% of American adults. If you have malocclusion, it may affect your periodontal health, because it is difficult to remove plaque when teeth are not aligned. Periodontal disease can begin as gum redness or bleeding while brushing your teeth or using dental floss, and you may notice halitosis, or bad breath. If not treated, gum inflammation can become worse, leading to soft tissue damage, receding gums, the formation of pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.

Malocclusion: A Potential Risk to Overall Health

Severe periodontal infection, if untreated, may increase the risk for atherosclerosis-induced conditions such as coronary heart disease and stroke, complications of diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and respiratory diseases.

Straight Teeth are Healthier Teeth

Straight, properly aligned teeth can help you avoid the negative effects of periodontal disease.

HEALTHIER GUMS

Properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss than crowded or crooked teeth. Properly positioned teeth can help gums "fit" more tightly around them, which may lead to better periodontal health.

IMPROVED HYGIENE

With good oral hygiene, the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay, and periodontal disease can be reduced.

DECREASED RISK OF ABNORMAL WEAR AND TRAUMA

Properly aligned teeth also reduce the risk of expensive procedures required to repair the effects of abnormal force, such as tooth chipping, breaking, or wear; and can be less stressful on the supporting jaw bone and joints.

A Straightforward Solution

Straightening your teeth can make a significant difference to having a healthy mouth and keeping your teeth for life. Ask us about straightening your teeth using Invisalign®, a set of clear aligners that are custom-made to gradually straighten your teeth. We may also suggest conventional orthodontics.

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