3 Secondary Dental Health Conditions Caused by Orthodontic Issues

March 27, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dailysmilesmacarthur @ 3:43 pm
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Many people assume that straightening crooked, crowded, and misaligned teeth only offers cosmetic results. However, braces can also help improve your overall oral health by reducing your risk of developing secondary dental conditions as a result of orthodontic problems. For many patients, this makes investing in Invisalign clear aligners or traditional braces well worthwhile! Read on to learn three secondary oral health concerns you may be experiencing that could be related to your misalignment.

Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the most common dental health problems across the globe, estimated to impact one out of every two adults. Although there aren’t always ways you can prevent this oral infection from wreaking havoc on your teeth and gums, there are some factors that can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease. One of these factors is misaligned and crowded teeth.

Overlapping teeth create small, hard-to-reach crevices for bacteria and plaque to accumulate. Because they can’t be easily cleaned, it’s more likely for the plaque to harden into tartar, which can quickly lead to infection. With a straight smile, cleaning your teeth will be much easier and more effective.

Chronic Decay

Along with gum disease, tartar and plaque accumulation in areas of the mouth that are hard to clean can also drastically increase your risk of developing cavities. This is when harmful oral bacteria are able to erode the protective enamel of your teeth, allowing them to then attack the underlying dental structures. When left untreated, cavities can easily turn into tooth infections that cause painful toothaches. With an aligned row of teeth, you’ll be able to floss and brush much more easily, preventing plaque accumulation around your teeth.

TMJ Disorder

Bite misalignment is the notorious underlying cause of TMJ disorder, an uncomfortable, and sometimes painful, dental condition that can make chewing difficult, causes lockjaw and clicking and popping of the jaw, and results in bruxism (teeth grinding).

Having overbite, underbite, or crossbite can cause one of your temporomandibular joints, which are the two jaw joints that anchor your mandible to your upper jaw, to sustain added tension and force. As a result, it will become strained and dysfunctional, leading to symptoms of TMJD. Orthodontic treatment can bring balance to your bite, tackling the root cause of your jaw pain and bringing you much-needed relief.

About the Author

Dr. Rafiq Hirji has over a decade of dental experience as well as additional training in a variety of dental specialties, like orthodontics. His commitment to expanding and refining his skills allows him to offer both traditional braces as well as Invisalign clear trays to his patients to align their smiles. For questions or to schedule a consultation, visit Daily Smiles MacArthur Dental & Orthodontics’ website or call 972-546-4114.

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