Dental problems that damage teeth and gums often develop in patients with misaligned teeth. Correcting your bite before serious problems develop can help you keep teeth and gums healthy for life.
Crooked Teeth are Prone to Gum Disease
When your teeth are misaligned, rotated or overlapping, it can be difficult to keep the spaces between them clean. Flossing between teeth is often difficult or not possible. In cases like this, plaque and bacteria can take hold in the tight spaces between teeth. Over time, hardened plaque around the gumline can lead to gum disease.
Gum disease (periodontal disease) damages the gum and bone tissue surrounding the roots of your teeth, and can lead to tooth loss. As bacteria take hold in the gums, it causes the tissue to become inflammed, swollen and causes the gums to fall away from the tooth roots. Left untreated, the infection eventually causes destruction of the bone tissue. As the bone and gum tissue recede, teeth can become loose and eventually lost.
Crooked Teeth Are Prone to Decay
Tooth decay is common in crooked or overlapping teeth. For the same reasons that misaligned teeth develop gum disease, they are also more prone to tooth decay.
Bacteria feed on sugar, and excrete acids that weaken tooth enamel and cause decay.
Misaligned Teeth Wear Unevenly
Uneven wear of tooth surfaces is another common effect of misaligned teeth. When your bite out of balance, it can cause uneven pressure and wear down the enamel on tooth surfaces. Over time, teeth can become damaged. It is not uncommon for people with a misaligned bite to experience frequent headaches and excess strain on facial muscles that causes “myofacial pain”.
Invisalign Helps Straighten Teeth and Prevent Dental Problems
One simple way to correct orthodontic misalignment is Invisalign treatment. Invisalign Clear Aligners are custom made to straighten teeth without braces. Properly aligned teeth are healthier and stronger. When teeth are straight, it is easier to keep them clean and prevent gum disease, tooth decay and uneven wear.
Advantages of Invisalign include
- No brackets or wires on teeth
- No dietary restrictions, simply remove the aligners for meals
- Easier and more effective dental hygiene
- Fast results- most patients achieve their desired result within 6-12 months.
- Aligners are nearly invisible while worn
Ask Your Dentist If Invisalign Is Right For You
Take control of your dental health and wellness and ask your dentist if Invisalign is the right treatment option for you. Schedule a consultation to learn more about how straightening your teeth now can help prevent serious dental problems later.