You’ve realized for years that your bite is off: You’ve gotten use to chewing food in spite of it, and you’ve put up with a smile that you feel is subpar simply because you aren’t sure if braces will work for you. When your bite is not right because your teeth are misaligned—or not in the correct position—this is considered a malocclusion. Malocclusions should be treated because failure to do so can affect both your dental health and your confidence.
When your teeth are crooked, you may have difficulty with forming specific sounds. However, straight teeth offer the benefit of helping you to feel good about your smile as well as improving your ability to speak. This can help you in social situations and even positively affect your career.
Teeth that have been straightened by an orthodontist can help you to bite and chew normally as well. If your teeth are poorly positioned, this affects how easily you can grind, chew and break down food, so eating some of your favorite meals can be a challenge.
Caring for teeth that are aligned properly is also simpler. You can more easily access the spaces between your teeth when using floss and reach all tooth surfaces with your toothbrush. This reduces your chances of having tooth decay as well as gum disease.
Gum disease occurs when plaque—a sticky substance left behind by food—is not removed from the teeth and thus is allowed to harden; at this point, it is called tartar. The tartar attracts bacteria that can cause inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis. When left untreated, gingivitis can cause a more serious problem known as periodontitis, in which the gums pull away from teeth and create pockets that become infected.
Braces can be used to treat malocclusion so that you can enjoy a healthy smile. Contact Bunn Orthodontic Group at 210-921-9191 today to find out your options for straightening your teeth, and begin to experience the satisfaction in knowing that you can smile, eat and keep your teeth healthy with confidence in the coming years.