The Problem with Crooked Teeth
Teeth that are not aligned properly in your mouth create a “malocclusion”. Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to periodontal (gum) disease and create abnormal stresses on the teeth and jaw bone which lead to premature wear or damage to the teeth.
Here are some examples of common malocclusions and potential issues;
When there is not enough room in the jaw for teeth to fit properly, plaque and tartar build more rapidly around the area, and there is a greater potential for harbouring harmful bacteria that cause periodontal disease and tooth and bone loss.
Widely spaced teeth (PD 10-022)
When food lodges in the spaces between the teeth, there is a risk of sore, tender gums and periodontal disease.
Deep bite (PD 10-024)
This situation where the lower front teeth over-erupt tends to worsen with age, potentially causing injury to the palate. Teeth cannot function the way they were designed to in this position and premature chipping, wearing and/or loosening of the front teeth results.
When the jaws are misaligned and one or more of the upper teeth tends to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, the teeth and jaws can’t function as efficiently as they should, and over time this results in premature tooth wear, risk of chipped and cracked teeth, notches in the teeth at the gum line, receding gums and periodontal disease.
Malocclusion and periodontal disease
If you have a malocclusion, it may affect your periodontal health, because it is difficult to remove harmful plaque bacteria when teeth are not aligned.
Signs of periodontal disease;
red, swollen or tender gums
bleeding on brushing or flossing
gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
halitosis or bad breath
Left untreated, the inflammation causes irreversible bone loss and eventual tooth loss.
Periodontal disease also poses a risk to overall health as research has shown and experts agree that it increases the risk of other chronic inflammatory diseases including;
Heart disease and stroke
A straightforward solution
Straightening your teeth can make a significant difference to having a healthy mouth and achieving total health beyond the mouth. It can also help to achieve more normal functioning and minimise deterioration over time.
Start on a path to a more healthier mouth and body by inquiring about Invisalign treatment with our Joondalup Dentists today.