Crooked Teeth or Malocclusion Negatively Affects Oral Health
As we start a bright new year, it is time to dispel the myth that braces are simply for making your teeth pretty and straight. Crooked teeth could be doing far more to negatively affect your dental health than simply affecting your appearance.
Crooked teeth often cause “crowding of the teeth” where adjacent teeth are turned to be able to fit between surrounding teeth. This condition makes it difficult, if not impossible, to remove all the food particles between those teeth when flossing and brushing. Leaving those food particles behind can lead to cavities or tooth decay.
Braces correct the Malocclusion and also correct what is commonly termed a “bad bite”. “Bad bites” are when the teeth do not properly align top and bottom when you close your jaws. Failing to correct either of these problems can lead to the following negative dental results:
1. Jaw Problems
2. Affected chewing and speech
3. Gum disease (can’t brush or floss the plaque off teeth near the gum line)
4. Abnormal wearing of the enamel upon teeth not closing upon one another correctly
5. Tooth decay
Preventing the problems listed above is important and the improved appearance is simply a by-product of that preventative dentistry treatment. There are many alternatives as to how to straighten teeth and improve your “bite”. See this video for a modern, invisible brace meant for those whose teeth aren’t as severely affected by alignment or crooked teeth problems as others. Ask Dr. Gehrig if this type brace might be a fit for you.
There are a numer of different types of braces which treat crooked teeth (malocclusion) or a “bad bite” (misalignment) and we will follow up with those in our next article. In Part 2, we will cover the treatments, the timing for those, and the type diet best for the period of time the braces are worn.
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