There are many unique reasons our doctors may prescribe orthodontic treatment for each individual patient, but the biggest overlying issue comes from the misalignment of your teeth and/or jaw. Treating tooth misalignment is not for aesthetic purposes, that is merely a bonus benefit. Getting your teeth and jaw properly aligned can help to fix speech impediments, TMJ pain, sleep apnea, gum disease, and even tooth decay!
Let’s dive into some of the most common variations of misalignment that may lead you to orthodontic treatment.
A misaligned bite, also referred to as malocclusion, is used to describe tooth misalignment between your upper and lower teeth, starting with your first molars as a reference point. There are three different classes of malocclusion: overbite, underbite, and crossbite. Each of these classifications describe the way your top and bottom teeth meet as they come together when you are biting down. It is important to have your bite checked out, and the earlier the better. Your jaw is connected to so many other parts of your body, a bad bite could be causing issues in muscles and joints and affecting your head or neck without you even realizing it!
Overcrowding or Spacing
An overcrowded jaw can cause your teeth to grow in overlapping, rotated, or in some more extreme cases, trapped in the bone or on top of other teeth. This usually occurs when your top or bottom arch is too small for all of your teeth to fit. Overcrowding can make it much more difficult to brush and floss properly, which can often lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Alternatively over spaced teeth can cause misalignment issues as there is too much room for them to move around. Overcrowded or spaced out teeth are also commonly found to be the cause of frequent headaches!
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If you believe you are experiencing any variation of tooth misalignment we described above, call us today at 704-671-4051 to schedule a consultation with one of our expert orthodontists in Gastonia, North Carolina. Any of our team members will be happy to talk through your smile with you and help create an individualized treatment plan to get your teeth feeling and looking amazing!