You probably know one of the most noticeable benefits of correcting misalignment: your appearance. However, by straightening your teeth you can also improve the overall health of your smile as well. A more even smile can often avoid the potential onset of a number of different oral health concerns.

What are the Benefits of Correcting Misalignment?

  1. True or False: Uneven smiles can lead to decay and gum disease.
  2. True or False: Correcting misalignment reduces the risk of TMJ and bruxism.
  3. True or False: The doctor offers an alterative to traditional braces.
  4. True or False: Treatment takes about a year.

Answer Key

  1. True. When teeth become crooked or crowded, thorough brushing and flossing may be difficult. This allows food to remain trapped between teeth. Bacteria breaks down these bits of food, leading to an increase in oral acidity and a greater risk of tooth decay. The teeth also become coated in plaque, a bacterial byproduct that causes gum inflammation, a common factor behind periodontal disease. To maintain a healthy and whole smile, you should talk to your dentist about your orthodontic treatment options.
  2. True. When you have an uneven smile pressure can be placed on the jaw joints. The strain on these joints can lead to the onset of both TMJ disorder and bruxism. TMD can lead to discomfort when chewing, as well as a popping or crackling sensation in the jaw. Bruxism can actually damage the teeth, cracking or chipping them, as well as wearing away tooth enamel. Symptoms of teeth grinding may include a sore jaw, headaches, or pain in the neck, face, or shoulders.
  3. True. Instead of metal braces, we offer Invisalign. Using clear plastic aligners, this option corrects the teeth while remaining practically invisible. You wear them every day for about 20 to 23 hours, removing them only to eat, brush and floss, and on special occasions. About once every two weeks you will upgrade to a new set. When compared to braces, many people consider the aligners to be a more comfortable alternative.
  4. True. On average, adults can expect treatment to last about a year. However, teen patients may need up to 18 months to see optimal results. Of course, the exact time needed will depend on the severity of your misalignment. We will be happy to answer your questions or address any concerns about Invisalign.

ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.