Many people consider orthodontic problems to be cosmetic in nature. Unfortunately, this isn’t entirely accurate.
While some cases are primarily aesthetic, it’s more common for misaligned teeth to contribute directly to dental health problems.
Are your crowded, gapped, or twisted teeth causing problems? Are you at risk for problems in the future? The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation to discuss whether you could benefit from orthodontics at our Elk Grove Village dental office.
- Spacing issues increase your risk for cavities: If your teeth are tightly packed together, you probably have already recognized how difficult it can be to brush and floss them properly. Even though your toothbrush and dental floss can’t get into those small spaces, plaque and bacteria can. The bacteria produce acids that eat away at your teeth, causing cavities. Because of the location, these cavities can also be more challenging to spot during an examination and then treat.
- Crowded teeth contribute to gum disease: It’s also easy to see how crowded or overlapping teeth put you at a higher risk for gum disease. Because it’s so difficult to floss, many people with this issue avoid flossing completely, leading to plaque build-up just below the gumline. This build-up irritates your gum tissue, causing it to pull away from the teeth and opening the door for the bacterial infection we know as gum disease. Gum disease is incredibly detrimental to your long-term dental health – in fact, it’s the number one cause of tooth loss in American adults.
- Jaw misalignments cause pain and long-term damage.: Do you have an overbite, an underbite, or a crossbite? These common alignment issues may seem minor, but over time, they can cause a lot of problems. Your jaw muscles will try to compensate for the misalignment, and this can lead to pain in the jaw joint as well as clenching and grinding, which can wear down your teeth and cause jaw pain and even migraine headaches. Additionally, the extra stress on your teeth can cause chips, fractures, and other painful damage.
Call our Elk Grove Village IL Dental Office!
At Elk Grove Smile Center, we believe in preventing problems before they start. Orthodontic treatment can help you avoid a number of problems further down the road. If you’re wondering whether orthodontic treatment is right for you, please call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vishal Advani.