Many people believe that fixing their smile will improve their appearance and self-esteem. While that's true, it's not the only reason to correct the problem. Misaligned teeth are more than a cosmetic issue.
They could lead to other, potentially serious, health problems. Getting misaligned teeth fixed won't just improve your smile; it could protect your oral health and your physical health over time.
Are Misaligned Teeth Bad For Your Health?
According to the American Association for Orthodontists, misaligned teeth can lead to health problems in several ways.
For one thing, it's hard to clean between teeth that don't line up. Plaque can quickly build-up, which leads to cavities and gum disease.
Beyond that, a misaligned bite often leads to improper wear on teeth. One big reason is teeth grinding. It can cause pain in your jaw that could trigger headaches or migraines. That's why it's crucial to call your local Phoenix Orthodontist if you notice any of the following:
- Crammed or crooked teeth
- Gaps between your teeth
- Bite Issues (either overbite or underbite)
- Pain in your jaw, especially after chewing
- Jaw clicks or pops
Braces Can Help
Braces today, even the metal ones, are more stylish than you probably remember. They aren't the clunky beasts of twenty years ago. You still get to pick colored bands if you go with the metal option, and you'll only need an adjustment about every six weeks.
Of course, if metal's not your style, Invisalign might be a better choice. It's more expensive, but also more convenient, and obviously, invisible. Your orthodontist will make clear trays from a mold of your mouth, which you wear most of the time. They'll adjust them every few weeks until your teeth are perfectly aligned.
Get a Consultation from Your Local Phoenix Orthodontist
No matter which type of braces you choose, the important thing is that you've decided to fix your misaligned teeth. The only thing left to do is squeeze all those needed appointments into your packed calendar.
We know you're busy. At Sky Dental Arizona, we offer same-day braces! We can tell you all about it during your initial braces consultation. Call us today to set one up.