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Health Problems Linked to Misaligned Teeth

Last updated 4 years ago

Misaligned teeth, or malocclusion, can detract from the appearance of your smile. Yet they can do far more than compromise the look of your teeth; they can also increase your risk of suffering from serious oral health problems. So while undergoing Invisalign treatment may alleviate the anxiety or embarrassment you experience because of your crooked or gapped teeth, it can also eliminate the following concerns that may cause significant and permanent damage to your oral health.

Enamel Erosion
If your teeth are not in correct alignment, it can lead to long-term wear and tear on your teeth. Each time you eat a snack or meal, your teeth apply pressure to each other as you chew and swallow. When your teeth are in correct formation, these forces typically cause no harm. If malocclusion is an issue, though, it can create a situation where your teeth are continually eroding the enamel surface of your smile. This type of abrasion can increase the risk of cavities and tooth cracks in the future.

Gum Inflammation
Comprehensive oral hygiene requires proper teeth alignment. Only when you have access to all surfaces of your teeth can you remove the bacteria, food remnants, and other contaminants that collect on them each day. Teeth misalignment can make it easier for food debris and plaque to remain on crowded teeth beyond the reach of your toothbrush and floss. The accumulation of these substances can eventually cause gum inflammation and recession. These complications may one day lead to tooth loss as well.

Jaw Discomfort
When the teeth lack proper alignment, you may chew or speak in a way that compensates for this condition. However, when you move your jaw in an unnatural manner, it can create stress on the jaw joint and damage its structures. Should this problem persist for an extended period of time, surgery may prove the only remedy to correct your pain and joint deterioration. When you undergo Invisalign care, you can correct your misalignment issues and avoid more invasive treatment measures in the future.

Invisalign is a safe, comfortable, and convenient way to correct teeth misalignment and prevent serious malocclusion-related problems. To find out if you are a candidate for this cosmetic dentistry treatment option, call Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C., at (212) 661-9777. Dr. Kakosian offers complimentary consultations for individuals in the greater NYC region.


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