Straightening teeth is not only for aesthetic purposes, but is also necessary for maintaining your long-term oral health. Let’s take a look at the many different types of “crooked” teeth. Do any sound familiar? You may able to benefit from Invisalign treatment.
Crowding is when there is not enough space in the mouth for all the teeth. As a result, there are many nooks and crannies between the teeth where plaque and tartar can easily build up. Bacteria will be in an optimal environment to grow and multiply, increasing your risk for gum disease. Straightening crowded teeth with Invisalign will lead to better oral hygiene and prevent future tooth and bone loss caused by periodontal disease.
Spacing is exactly what you would expect- when there is too much space between your teeth. Food can easily get stuck in these spaces and since the gums are not protected, you will be more prone to sore or tender gums, and ultimately gum disease. Spacing is easily fixed by using Invisalign to move the teeth together and close the spaces.
A deep bite, otherwise known as an overbite, is when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth. The lower teeth may not even be seen at all when you bite down. Since the lower teeth make contact with the upper gum tissue in the jaw, the palate is easily damaged and the gum tissue can be eventually chewed away. In addition, lower teeth will suffer from extensive premature wear and chipping. Thus, deep bites are very important to fix for your long-term oral health.
A crossbite is when one or more of your teeth do not properly horizontally align with the corresponding teeth above or below. For example, one tooth may be tilted more towards the cheek or the tongue. The image shows one example of a crossbite. Excessive stress is placed on the teeth and cause abfractions, or notches, in the teeth at the gumlime. In addition, the teeth will be more likely to get chipped or suffer from premature wear. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, crossbites can be properly aligned using Invisalign.
Excessive overjet is often confused with deep bite or overbite. Excessive overjet is when the upper front teeth are much more horizontally forward than the lower front teeth. In other words, the upper teeth protrude out much more than the lower teeth. It can be caused by certain genetic disorders or excessive thumb sucking sucking and pacifier use at a young age. Since the front teeth protrude out, they are more prone to getting chipped, fractured, or some other tooth trauma. In some cases, it may even be difficult to chew properly. Invisalign can properly align the protruding teeth and improve your overall mouth function and health.
Edge-to-Edge bite is when the upper and lower teeth meet in the front. Thus, the teeth have a higher risk of chipping or breaking and may result in shortened and worn down front teeth. In addition, this type of malocclusion may result in jaw joint pain. To avoid these problems, Invisalign will properly align the teeth.
Open bite is when your upper and lower teeth do not make contact with each other. The mouth may always seem open because of this space between the teeth. An open bite may impair normal chewing and jaw function and lead to improper tongue position and swallowing habits. Furthermore, you may experience afractions, or small notches in the teeth at the gulime, excessive wear of the teeth, and gum recession, loose teeth, and bone loss. Invisalign will close the bite and improve the function of your mouth as well as your long-term oral health.
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