The best dental work is the least dental work. Teeth that fit together properly need less dental work. Malocclusion, or teeth that are not aligned correctly, can create problems by putting unnatural stress and pressure on individual teeth and jaws joints. Premature tooth wear, chipping or fracturing of teeth, jaw joint pain, abfractions (small notches in the teeth at the gum line), gum recession, and buildup of plaque and calculus with sore and tender gums- leading to bone loss (periodontal disease)- are just some of the problems that the different types of malocclusion can put you at risk for. Misaligned teeth can cause bruxism and temporal mandibular joint dysfunction, which are the leading causes of chronic headaches.
Treatment for these problems can become unsightly, time consuming, and stressful. The good news is there is a long term, preventative solution. Over 3 million Americans have turned to Invisalign to help treat these risks and keep them from needing further treatment for their teeth, gums, and bone. Using a series of removable clear aligners, Invisalign gradually moves your teeth to correct your malocclusion without brackets and wires. Properly aligned teeth reduces the risk of expensive procedures required to repair the effects of abnormal force and can be less stressful on the supporting jaw bone and joints. In addition, properly positioned teeth help gums fit more tightly around them, which can help lead to better periodontal health. Straightening teeth can make a significant difference to having a healthy mouth, helping to keep your teeth for life.
Malocclusion affects 74% of American adults; however 50% choose to forgo treatment. Some of these reasons may be due to financial situations; however our office has options available. Call our office to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Wittmus. We now offer a two year, no interest option from CareCredit. Plan for your future oral hygiene and get the smile you’ve always dreamed of with Invisalign or Six Month Smiles.