Teeth that are not aligned properly in your mouth create what dentists call “malocclusion.” Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to gum disease and create abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaws, which leads to premature wear.

Malocclusion and Gum Disease

Gum disease can begin as gum redness or bleeding while brushing your teeth or using dental floss, and you may notice halitosis or bad breath. If not treated the gum inflammation can become worse, leading to gum damage, receding gums, the formation of pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.
When teeth are crowded, a plaque with harmful bacteria can attach to the tooth surface down to the bottom of the pocket. These bacteria can cause gum tissue surrounding the tooth to degrade, and if not treated, result in bone loss.

Wear and Trauma

Poorly aligned teeth can also create unnatural stress and pressure on teeth. Teeth that are subject to excessive pressure can develop chipping and notches at the gum line called abfractions. Premature wear can lead to poor root support, loose teeth, and eventually, tooth loss.

Straighter Teeth are Healthier Teeth

Properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss than crowded or crooked teeth, properly positioned teeth can help gums fit more tightly around them which may lead to better gum health. With good oral hygiene, the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay, and gum disease can be reduced. Straightening your teeth can make a significant difference to having a healthy mouth and keeping your teeth for life. Ask Dr. Dayan or Dr. Kimos about straightening your teeth. Call us today for a free consultation.

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