Straight Talk for Your Crooked Teeth

Woman Smiling and Pointing to Her New Braces Atlanta GAAre you an adult who needs braces? Do you assume that your orthodontic issues are purely a cosmetic concern? Not so fast. If you are avoiding orthodontic treatment as an adult, you may also be neglecting your oral health. Crooked teeth and malocclusion pose serious threats to the health of your teeth and gums over time. Sure, a pretty smile is a major reward of undergoing orthodontic correction, but you could also be saving yourself from costly dental problems down the road.

Did you know that you can reduce your risk of periodontal disease by caring for your crooked teeth? Malocclusion refers to teeth that are not aligned properly in your mouth. Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to periodontal disease, which can create abnormal amounts of stress on your teeth and jaw. This condition leads to premature wear.

Here are some common orthodontic issues and what they can do to your dental health:

Crowding: When teeth are too closely aligned, or overlapping, there’s an increased chance for bacteria and plaque buildup. This can lead to decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss.

Gaps/Spacing: How can a gap between your teeth be a cause for concern towards your smile health? You may have frequent episodes of food getting lodged between your teeth. This puts you at risk for sore or tender gums and other periodontal issues. In certain places, teeth gaps can also impact your ability to chew and speak.

Deep Bite: Over-erupted or protruding lower front teeth can damage the palate as well as cause the premature wear and chipping of those lower teeth.

Crossbite, Open Bite and Overjet– Again, when the teeth don’t bite down on each other the way they should, it can result in the fracture of teeth due to the excessive forces. In addition, abfraction can develop, which is a small notch in your tooth at the gum line. Periodontal disease, gum recession as well as tooth and bone loss can also become a concern in severe cases.

As proven above, straight teeth are not just attractive teeth. When the teeth are correctly aligned in the mouth, it supports your overall oral health. Untreated malocclusion makes it difficult to keep your teeth clean and can put pressures on your teeth and jaw that they are not intended to withstand. From TMJ problems to serious gum disease, there are notable factors to consider if you’ve been told you need orthodontics as an adult.

Don’t worry; Pure Dental Health offers some of the most advanced and preferred orthodontic treatments available, including Invisalign, Six Month Smiles and Adult Braces. Call now to schedule your consultation in Buckhead or Dunwoody!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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Adult Braces

Atlanta GA Clear Braces for AdultsEvery smile is important. Many people in their adult years are unhappy with their smiles, yet they mistakenly believe that they are past the point of no return. They assume that if they did not have their smile corrected in their adolescent or teen years that they are too old for orthodontic treatment. The fact is, a healthy mouth can be corrected and improved at any age.

An aligned smile is a healthier smile. Crooked teeth are difficult to keep clean due to all of the additional places for food to become trapped and for plaque to be difficult to reach. Every time you eat or drink anything other than water, small particles of food and sugar are left behind. These particles easily become trapped in the rough surfaces of the back molars, but they also become trapped in the spaces between the teeth. Flossing is the only tool that is specifically designed to reach these tight spaces to remove trapped debris and plaque. However, even flossing and brushing are more difficult when the teeth are not properly aligned. Maneuvering around teeth that jut out or are pushed back requires extra time and patience with each cleaning in the morning and at night. Continue reading “Adult Braces”