At one time or another, about all of us found ourselves driving behind a car or truck with a wheel that’s obviously out of alignment. As we watch the rapid blur of the tire as it shimmies, we’re all thinking the same thing, aren’t we? That tire is going to be worn down and in need of replacement in no time flat (yes, the pun is intended!).
Like a tire, when teeth are out of alignment, it may take time to notice anything is amiss. Yet, as the alignment worsens, problems emerge.
Bite misalignment is when the upper teeth and lower teeth don’t fit together harmoniously. Genetics may be to blame for bite problems (such as an overbite or open bite, crooked teeth, crowding) but other reasons can cause a bite to become misaligned.
An improper bite can lead to a long list of problems, including:
- Teeth that are worn, cracked or chipped
- Frequent headaches, migraines and sore jaw joints
- Ear ringing
- Feeling dizzy
- Clenching or teeth grinding during sleep
- Pain in facial, neck and shoulder muscles
Initially, the underlying cause of a misaligned bite isn’t always obvious. This is often what allows minor alignment problems to become severe. Minor misalignment may be resolved by gentle reshaping of some tooth ‘points’ to re-balance the bite. For certain teeth, crowns may be recommended to adjust tooth height. More severe bite problems may require the straightening of teeth, which has a number of advantages.
Straight teeth create a more flattering smile while enhancing overall facial appearance. An attractive smile also causes people to smile more. Too, it has been found to improve self-confidence and self-esteem.
Straight teeth are also easier to keep healthy. Crooked, crowded teeth create tight nooks that make it hard for a tooth brush to clean. This allows oral bacteria to accumulate, causing a higher risk for cavities or gum disease.
For teeth that are crowded or crooked, the most natural way to a beautiful smile is by straightening teeth. In our office, we restore proper bite alignment while enhancing your smile’s appearance through Invisalign.
Invisalign is an alternative to braces that uses clear molds to move teeth. These are removable for eating and brushing and more comfortable than the traditional braces-&-wires of standard orthodontics.
If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with bite misalignment as listed above, the problem will only worsen without treatment. Learn your options during a no-cost, no obligation consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss your needs and goals and explain methods to correct bite problems efficiently and effectively.
Call 910-254-4555 to schedule a time that is convenient to you.