Your teeth serve a multitude of functions, from improving your looks to helping you to bite into your favorite foods. However, when your bite’s not right, your teeth are not living up to their full potential, and this could be hurting you in many ways. Here are some signs that your bite isn’t correct—a problem that can be treated by orthodontics.
If you have consistent earaches or headaches that can’t be linked to other causes, then you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMD. In this situation, the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull’s temporal bone is out of alignment. TMD can be the result of stress, which causes a person to clench or grind his/her teeth. This puts pressure on the temporomandibular joint, causing discomfort, and also causes the chewing surfaces of your teeth to have uneven wear—which can contribute to a poor bite, or a malocclusion.
Orthodontics can help to treat misaligned teeth by realigning your bite.
Other reasons for a poor bite include sucking your thumb or using a pacifier for a prolonged period of time in your youth. Trauma and losing a primary tooth too early are other causes of an irregular bite.
Orthodontics can help to treat misaligned teeth by realigning your bite. Braces are helpful because they straighten your teeth, and once your teeth are in proper alignment, you will find that chewing your favorite foods becomes easier. This can actually improve your ability to digest food. Even talking becomes easier with straightened teeth. In addition, you are more likely to maintain healthy teeth because straight teeth are easier to floss and brush.
Having properly aligned teeth can make you feel more confident in addition to improving your oral health. Get in touch with us today to discover how braces can put you on the path to a healthy, alluring and comfortable smile.