A patient’s bite, also called an occlusion, refers to how the upper and lower arches of teeth line up when the mouth is closed. Bite issues or malocclusions can have significant effects on oral health. Besides straightening teeth, one of the major objectives involved with orthodontic treatment is to correct malocclusions to prevent damage to teeth, gums, and the temporomandibular joint. To help prevent the far-reaching effects a bite issue can have on oral health, our dentist offers Invisalign to straighten teeth and correct malocclusions.
How a Misaligned Bite Affects Oral Health
When teeth do not align properly, patients typically experience unnecessary tooth wear. As the teeth scrape against each other, tiny cracks will form in tooth enamel and teeth will eventually become weaker. Weak teeth are susceptible to decay and fracture. In addition to weakening teeth, a bad bite can also strain the joint that connects the skull and jaw (the TMJ) and its surrounding tissues. As the TMJ forces the mouth to a healthier position over time, the joint and facial muscles fatigue and patients hold a higher risk for developing TMJ dysfunction. Dysfunction of the TMJ can produce severe discomfort in some patients—especially in the form of facial pain and headaches.
How Invisalign Can Help
Like braces, Invisalign straightens teeth over time. Patients wear clear aligners that apply force to the teeth to correct misalignments. Invisalign can help improve bite issues such as over bites and under bites along with straightening gapped, crooked, crowded, and overlapped teeth. Unlike traditional braces, however, Invisalign is very discreet and removable. Very popular among teenagers and adults, Invisalign allows patients to remove their aligners during oral hygiene and meals. Since the aligners are clear, Invisalign is a very inconspicuous method for achieving a healthier and straighter smile.
To learn more about Invisalign, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with our experienced dental team. At your appointment, we can determine if this type of orthodontic treatment is best for your situation.
Call us today at 512-200-7422 to book a consultation.