Why teeth alignment is important?
Some adults who have misaligned teeth are comfortable with their situation and don’t feel a need to get it corrected. They may even feel the misalignment gives their smile a quirky appeal! However, that quirkiness can become less endearing when a crooked tooth starts to give its owner headaches or cause difficulty with speaking or chewing food. Deciding whether to address or ignore misaligned teeth is a personal decision—but before you decide to forgo treatment, hear us out.
Misaligned teeth are hard to clean
When your teeth overlap, your toothbrush will have difficulty reaching all of the teeth’s corners and surfaces. This compromises the oral hygiene regimen and leads to problems such as dental decay, as well as gum diseases like gingivitis or periodontitis. Procedures such as root canal treatments can become difficult, and these issues may result in eventual tooth loss.
Misaligned teeth cause jaw joint problems
Your malformed teeth might cause a variety of joint symptoms, from clicking or popping in your jaw joint to pain and tenderness. Earaches, headaches, and painful chewing are some of the more severe symptoms of temporomandibular/jaw joint disorder. In the most serious cases, your jaw might become locked, leaving you unable to move it at all. Surgical intervention may be required to make your jaw functional again.
Speech and mastication problems
Misshapen teeth not only interfere with your speech, giving you a lisp, but also make chewing difficult and painful. Well-aligned teeth fit cleanly upon each other and do not cause such complications.
Chipped teeth and restorations
It might surprise you to know that misaligned teeth can cause the opposite teeth to chip or crack. This is a particular issue when the misaligned teeth come into contact with dental restorations, especially veneers, which they can chip and dislodge.
If you have difficulty in closing your mouth, most probably your teeth are interfering with it. An orthodontic treatment is required to align your teeth and ensure you can close your mouth. Otherwise, mouth breathing can cause a host of dental problems, including long face syndrome in children.
Last but not least, everyone loves a great smile. If your misaligned teeth are stopping you from living your life to the fullest, visit us at CaliSmile Orthodontics to get the dazzling smile you have always wanted.