Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment? Orthodontics is not only for improving the aesthetics of your smile; orthodontic treatment improves less than ideal bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment and discrepancies. When there is a tooth size or jaw size discrepancy this can lead to crowding and/or spacing. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew and clean your teeth. When the teeth are in the optimal position you are more likely to do a good job brushing and maintaining proper hygiene, as well as save time and money in the future because you will be less likely to develop decay between the crowded teeth. Why should malocclusions be treated? According to the American Association of Orthodontists, when a malocclusion is not treated it can lead to a variety of problems.
- Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping or injury.
- Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
- Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
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