Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Sure, you want a mouthful of beautiful, straight teeth that give you a dazzling smile. But straight teeth should be more than just an aesthetic goal. Well-aligned teeth impact your overall dental health, too.

Dr. Paul Lustiger in Jersey City, New Jersey, offers a wide range of services that help your teeth look great and function well. Here’s a look at why alignment matters and why straight teeth are healthy teeth.

What happens when teeth don’t align?

Misaligned teeth, also called malocclusion, can create a skewed bite that interferes with chewing, swallowing, and even a mouth at rest. There are many variations of malocclusion, including:

A malocclusion is anything that prevents teeth in your upper jaw from fitting neatly with the teeth in your lower jaw. 

Many health considerations and concerns occur when teeth don’t properly align. This article reviews a few problems that arise from misaligned teeth to show you how misalignment is more than just an aesthetic issue.

Decaying teeth

Teeth that are overcrowded or rotated make brushing and flossing far more difficult. All those nooks and crannies provide ample opportunity for decay-causing bacteria to eat away at your dental structure. If you can’t clean your teeth properly, they’re more likely to get cavities and suffer decay.

Damage to soft tissue

Misaligned teeth can cause you to bite down on the soft tissues in your mouth, which leads to a cycle of painful sores on the inside of your cheeks and tongue. 

Wear that’s uneven

If your teeth are misaligned, you may wear down certain teeth more than others, which compromises your dental health. Uneven wear can lead to tooth damage or loss, cause a distorted bite, and create jaw pain and headaches.

Jaw pain

Tiny joints called temporomandibular joints (TMJs) exist on each side of your jaw. If your jaws don’t line up, these joints can feel stress and lead to TMJ pain. For some people, this can cause facial and head pain, too.

How to fix misaligned teeth

Fixing misalignment problems isn’t too complicated; it just requires you to have a little time and patience.

Invisalign® makes the process go more smoothly. Dr. Lustiger offers this innovative teeth-straightening system that uses clear aligners to gently nudge your teeth into proper position. Invisalign aligners are removable. You can take them out when you eat, drink, brush, or floss. Of course, the longer you wear the aligners, the faster they solve your dental problems. 

We recommend that you wear aligners for at least 22 hours a day. In no time at all, you’ll have straight teeth that also improve your overall dental health.

If you suffer from teeth alignment issues, contact Dr. Paul Lustiger. Call our office or use our online scheduling tool.

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