Poorly aligned teeth greatly affect gum health, mainly because it is harder to remove plaque when teeth are crowded. Gum disease starts as gum bleeding while brushing or flossing teeth. It does not usually hurt until it is in the advanced stages. It can develop to a more serious form of periodontal disease, called periodontitis.
Malocclusion or improper alignment of teeth can create an unnatural amount of stress on teeth and jaws, which results in premature wear. Potential issues of malocclusion include crowding, spacing, cross bite, deep bite, edge-to-edge bite and excessive overjet. They contribute to the build-up of plaque and tartar, which harbours harmful periodontal bacteria.
Teeth that are subject to abnormal stress can develop chipping and notches at the gum line. Wear and trauma can result in loose teeth, poor root support and eventually tooth loss. If left untreated, it can put additional strain on the jaw and muscles and increase the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders.
Straight teeth can help you avoid the negative effects of gum disease. They are also easier to brush and floss than crooked teeth, so it is easier to care for your oral hygiene. This reduces the chances of having tooth decay, plaque retention and cavities. Properly aligned teeth, furthermore, can reduce the risks of treatments or procedures needed to repair tooth chipping or breaking.
Issues with teeth alignment are quicker and less expensive to treat when corrected early. They work best on children and adolescents because the bone is still soft and teeth are moved easily. Orthodontic solutions for adults, however, are also available and effective. It is important to brush and floss your teeth daily and make regular visits to a dentist. Plaque builds up on teeth aligners and may permanently stain teeth or cause tooth decay if not properly cared for.
Teeth straightening solutions like braces and Invisalign can make a big difference in having a healthy mouth and preventing periodontal disease. Browse through our website today and find out how we can help straighten your teeth and start your journey to a healthier mouth today.