Correcting Misalignment and Improving Oral Health
People often consider dental misalignment, including crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth, to be primarily a cosmetic issue. While poor alignment does impact a smile’s appearance, these uneven teeth could lead to complications for overall oral health too! Fortunately, Dr. Hawkins is our on-staff orthodontics-certified dentist, and is ready to help families obtain even and healthy smiles. If you have issues with the alignment of your teeth, then talk to Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest today.
The Dangers of Misalignment
For kids, teens, and adults, poor alignment could provide places for food particles to become trapped. Even if you brush and floss, the risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, and even gum disease, could increase with time. For others, poor alignment could upset bite balance and alter facial structure and air passages, increasing the risk of complications ranging from TMJ disorder and bruxism, to issues like chronic snoring and sleep apnea.
Correcting the position of the teeth could begin in childhood with retainers, teeth spacers, and other customized treatment. For our teen and adult patients, we can discuss braces and even aligners to help reposition the teeth and improve the beauty of the smile. The treatment we recommend will be based on the cause and extent of your misalignment, and is personalized for your smile.