If your teeth aren’t aligned properly, this misalignment—or malocclusion—can make removal of plaque and bacteria through brushing extremely difficult. As these bacteria build, your risk of developing oral health problems like gum disease and tooth decay increases. In addition, misaligned teeth can lead to jaw problems and excessive tooth enamel wear. As your dentist will tell you, the Invisalign system can help prevent these oral health issues by straightening some of the most common misalignment problems.
Abnormal continued growth of the jawbone can lead to the development of gapped or unevenly spaced teeth. This type of misalignment can also be due to missing teeth, which causes the surrounding teeth to shift out of place. Having gaps between your teeth leaves portions of your gums unprotected, which can lead to gum problems and an increased risk of developing gum disease.
An overbite occurs when the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth. This kind of oral health issue is caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. If you have an overbite, you may develop gum problems, speech problems, irritation, wear on the lower teeth, and painful jaw problems.
An underbite occurs when the lower teeth extend beyond the front teeth. This problem is usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or a combination of both. You may also develop an underbite if you are missing some of your upper teeth, as this can prevent the normal function of your front teeth and molars. An underbite can lead to painful jaw and joint problems as well as tooth wear.
You can get started on the Invisalign treatment process by contacting Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C., at (212) 661-9777. Our Manhattan practice focuses on both general and cosmetic dentistry services to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. We are also dedicated to creating a welcoming and comfortable treatment environment for our patients.