Dental braces can help correct misalignment issues and malocclusion and prevent complications. Don’t hesitate to learn how Splendid Dental Atascocita can help!
Misalignment of your teeth can not only cause cosmetic issues, tooth decay, and discomfort but can also lead to malocclusion. Malocclusion means that you have either an overbite or an underbite causing pain, clenching, and damage to your teeth. Overbites, which cause your top set of teeth to rest in front of your bottom set of teeth when you close your mouth, affect up to twenty percent of Americans annually.
What are Malalignment and Malocclusion?
Two major causes of dental pain include malalignment and malocclusion. Misalignment can lead to crooked teeth, which can cause your teeth to shift. Gaps between your teeth can also occur if you leave alignment issues unchecked, creating a path for bacteria to enter your gum line.
Malocclusion includes minor and severe overbites and underbites. Malocclusion can be caused by:
- Severe jaw injuries
- Extra, impacted, or missing teeth
- Thumb sucking, prolonged bottle use, or using a pacifier beyond the age of three
- Improperly fitted dental fillings, crowns, or dentures
Malocclusion can result in a range of problems, including:
- Pain and discomfort
- Swallowing and chewing problems
- Speech problems
- Crowding your teeth
Pain and discomfort can develop because an improper bite can damage your tissue and wear down cartilage in your jaw, causing irritation and swelling. Having an improper bite can also increase your risk of having cracked or damaged teeth.
Malocclusion typically develops during childhood and adolescence, which is why dental braces are an important way to stop chronic problems from occurring. When malocclusion and misalignment are left neglected, your tongue and cheeks can sustain damage. Your bottom row of teeth protects your tongue while your top set prevents you from biting your cheeks.
This means that leaving misalignment problems unaddressed can increase your risk of experiencing tooth decay and infections and negatively affect your oral hygiene.
Dental Braces Can Help
In many cases, signs of malocclusion are first seen during childhood, which is why it is important to ensure your child attends regular dental exams. Annual dental exams include X-rays to identify signs of malalignment and malocclusion. If your Splendid Dental Atascocita dentist notices symptoms of an overbite, underbite, or crooked teeth, dental braces can quickly resolve the issue.
Dental braces include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign® braces. Ceramic dental braces are similar to metal braces but match the color of your natural teeth, making them less visible than metal braces. Invisalign® braces are transparent and removable and look like a mouthguard. Invisalign® braces are changed every two weeks until your malocclusion or misalignment is fixed.
At Splendid Dental Atascocita, orthodontists will customize your dental braces to ensure they fit properly and will evaluate your progress every few months. How long you need dental braces depends on the severity of your issues but typically ranges from six months to thirty months. It is important to begin treatment as soon as you demonstrate signs and symptoms of an alignment issue. Not only is dental treatment more effective when you address the problem quickly, but early treatment also decreases the length of time you need dental braces.
Schedule an Appointment at Splendid Dental Atascocita Today
Early treatment is essential if you or your child has misalignment problems, such as crooked teeth, an overbite, or an underbite. Dental braces can help prevent complications and improve your dental health. Most importantly, treating misalignment problems is the best way to protect against conditions like TMJ or overcrowding from occurring.