Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by orthodontists and scientific researchers published in multiple journals and textbooks, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems such as:
– Crowded teeth are more difficult to keep clean and over time tooth decay and/or gum disease can develop.
– Generalized spacing between the teeth which, when corrected, gives a much more balanced smile.
– When the front teeth overlap too much vertically. The lower teeth could then be biting in to the roof of the mouth and therefore harm the gum tissue surrounding the upper front teeth.
– When the upper front teeth are positioned forwards of the lower front teeth.
The distance between the jaws can have esthetic and functional issues.
– When the front teeth do not contact.
This can lead to difficulty speaking, swallowing, and lead to premature wear of the back teeth.
– “underbite” is when the lower teeth are ahead of the upper teeth and is usually a result of excess lower jaw growth. It can be more difficult to chew and there can be excessive wear on the teeth. This type of bite may be monitored until growth has completed.
– Sometimes an adult tooth tries to erupt in to a position that is not normally occupied by that tooth.
In some instances the misplaced tooth needs to be exposed by another dental specialist and then pulled in to the correct position.
– When the back teeth do not mesh in a side to side manner.
Usually there is a bilateral constriction of the upper jaw and a subsequent shift of the lower jaw to have one side of the bite correct. Long-term changes can occur from the imbalanced facial forces thus resulting in facial asymmetries.