Straighter teeth perform chewing, biting and speaking functions more effectively. In addition, a straight smile boosts confidence, is esthetically pleasing to look at and in general straight teeth are healthy teeth.
There are several types of malocclusion including overbite, underbite, crossbite, and overcrowding. All of these have a great impact on your oral and overall health and this is why these problems should be taken seriously and the treatment started as soon as the malocclusion is noted.
Main Disorders Associated with Misaligned or Crooked Teeth
Periodontitis – Periodontitis or gum disease begins with a bacterial infection. The bacterial infection is caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Missaligned or crooked teeth are hard to clean effectively, which means that debris, plaque and bacteria can build up in hard-to-reach areas.
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ) – Missaligned teeth can lead to improper jaw alignment, which in turn causes a painful condition known as TMJ. Severe headaches, jaw pain, lockjaw and the grinding of teeth characterize this disorder.
Tooth injury – Straight teeth creates a strong wall, which means injuries are less likely to occur.
Uneven wear – Missaligned teeth cause some of the teeth to work harder than others when biting and chewing.
Teeth can be straightened using either orthodontic braces or customized aligning trays. It is of great importance to start your treatment as soon as possible in order to avoid any of the problems mentioned earlier.
Consult with your Elgin dentist or orthodontist if you experience any of these problems and discuss the need of orthodontic treamtent.