3 Problems that Misalignment Causes Your Teeth

For many people with misaligned teeth, the most obvious problem with their condition is that of their smile’s appearance. When teeth aren’t properly aligned, they can have a negative impact on your smile’s entire appearance. However, that isn’t the only impact they can have, and when left untreated, crooked teeth can become much more at-risk for a wide range of other potential problems. At our Newhall, CA, dental office, we can help you avoid the potential concerns associated with crooked teeth by custom-designing a set of clear Invisalign® aligners to straighten them.

More challenging daily hygiene

When you brush and floss your teeth every day, your goal is to thoroughly clean away the oral bacteria, food debris, and plaque that have gathered on them over night or throughout the day. This is most effective when your teeth are properly aligned, which allows you to brush them more efficiently and floss between them more comfortably. When your teeth are crooked, you’re more likely to miss spots of plaque that can quickly calcify into tartar, increasing your risks of developing issues like tooth decay, gum disease, chronic bad breath, and more.

More risks of bruxism and TMJ disorder

Daily cleaning isn’t the only thing that’s more challenging when your teeth are crooked. For example, the alignment of your teeth also plays a significant role in your bite’s ability to function properly. If your teeth don’t meet each other evenly when you bite and chew, then it may place your jaw joints and muscles under undue pressure and stress. This can lead to bite issues such as chronic teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, or TMJ disorder, which describes a dysfunction in your jaw joints. The sooner you straighten your teeth, the lower your risks will be of experiencing bite complications as a result of misalignment.

More potential risks of tooth loss

Because of the many different issues related to crooked teeth, ignoring them can also increase your risks of experiencing tooth loss. For example, inadequate hygiene raises your risks of developing gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Chronically grinding your teeth can lead to increasingly more severe tooth damage, which may become severe that extracting and replacing the tooth is the only viable option. Straightening your teeth and improving your bite function can lower your risks of tooth loss by reducing your chances of experiencing such issues.

Straighten your crooked teeth with Invisalign®

Being crooked can cause a host of other problems for your teeth, though you can avoid these by straightening them with custom Invisalign® clear aligners. To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign®, schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.