Misaligned teeth can lead to premature wear, tooth loss, gum disease, and the buildup of bacteria associated with bigger problems, including heart disease.

7 out of 10 American adults have some kind of issue with their bites.

Crowding, spacing, or overbites are types of malocclusion – abnormal tooth alignment.

Dr. Christian may have discussed your type of malocclusion with you:

CROWDING

Symptoms/Signs: Biting lips, cheeks, or tongue; lisping; speech changes; chipping or wearing of teeth; food traps; bad breath; difficulty flossing; jaw pain; headaches

SPACING

Symptoms/Signs: Biting lips, cheeks, or tongue; lisping; speech changes; food traps; bad breath

DEEP BITE

Symptoms/Signs: Cold sensitivity; receding gums; indentations at the gum line; chipping or wearing of teeth; dry mouth; mouth breathing; jaw pain; headaches

EXCESSIVE OVERJET

Symptoms/Signs: Chipping or wearing of teeth; dry mouth; mouth breathing

EDGE TO EDGE BITE

Symptoms/Signs: Cold sensitivity; receding gums; indentations at the gum line; chipping or wearing of teeth; jaw pain; headaches

OPEN BITE

Symptoms/Signs: Cold sensitivity; receding gums; indentations at the gum line; biting lips, cheeks, or tongue; lisping; speech changes; dry mouth; mouth breathing; jaw pain; headaches

NARROW ARCH

Symptoms/Signs: Cold sensitivity; receding gums; indentations at the gum line; chipping or wearing of teeth; jaw pain; headaches

The Connection Between Your Health and Misaligned Teeth

PAINFUL GUMS & GUM DISEASE

It’s hard to remove plaque and bacteria from misaligned teeth. This can lead to inflamed gums, soft tissue damage, receding gums, pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss, and tooth loss.

Early signs of gum disease:

  • red gums
  • bleeding when you brush or floss
  • bad breath

There may be no signs of gum disease until the advanced stages.

 TOOTH AND GUM DETERIORATION & TOOTH LOSS

Poorly aligned teeth can put extra stress and pressure on teeth and jawbone. This can cause:

  • receding gums
  • gum disease
  • indentations at the gum line
  • cold sensitivity
  • fractured/cracked teeth
  • tooth loss

OVERALL HEALTH RISKS

Problems that start in your mouth can spread to the rest of your body. Severe gum infections may increase the risk of:

  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • lung diseases
  • problems in pregnancy
  • complications related to diabetes
  • Alzheimers disease

When your teeth are properly aligned, the benefits are CLEAR.

You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. Think about it — a smile can hardly be perfect if it’s not a healthy one. Fortunately, with Invisalign®, having a confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand.

  • Healthier Gums – It’s easier to brush and floss around aligned teeth, and you are less likely to have pockets between gums and teeth that trap bacteria.
  • Improved Hygiene – Properly aligned teeth reduce plaque retention, tooth decay, and the risk of gum disease.
  • Less Wear and Trauma – Aligned teeth reduce the risk of tooth chipping, breaking, and wear, which can require expensive procedures to repair. Proper alignment also reduces stress on the jawbones and joints.

You were made to move. Live life the way you want.

No brackets. No wires. Few food restrictions. With virtually invisible Invisalign® clear aligners, you keep living your life while you transform your smile.

There’s never been a better time to get the smile you’ve always wanted. And there’s never been a better way to do it.

If you have ever imagined what a straighter smile might look like on you, we can now bring that vision to life! Our iTero Digital Scanner features the Invisalign Outcome Simulator that allows us to to produce a 3D model of your mouth to show you what your new smile might look like!

If you are thinking about Invisalign, schedule your free initial consultation with us and let us help you visualize how your teeth may look after Invisalign treatment.

Seeing the “end result” before you decide can take the guesswork out of your decision and put you on the path to the smile you’ve always wanted. Call us at 603.692.9229 to arrange your appointment today.