Crooked Teeth or Misaligned Teeth, Also Known as Malocclusion, Affects Approximately 74% of American Adults*

Left untreated, the effects of crooked teeth can worsen over time and can lead to periodontal disease and create abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaws which can lead to premature wear.

Common Types of Crooked Teeth

The following are common types of crooked teeth...
• Crowding
• Spacing
• Deep Bite
• Open Bite
• Crossbite
• Edge to Edge Bite
• Excessive Overjet

Crooked Teeth Subject to Excessive Pressure can Have Adverse Effects

Crooked teeth that are subject to excessive pressure can lead to chipping, flat worn down teeth, fractures, pain in the jaw and headaches.

According to the American Dental Association, Straightening Your Teeth can Actually Significantly Affect Your Overall Dental Health as Properly Aligned Teeth are Your Strongest Defence Against Periodontal Problems

Swollen, red gums are signs of periodontal disease. The word periodontal comes from the Greek terms peri-, meaning "around" and -odons, meaning "tooth." Literally taken, it means that which is "around the tooth". Periodontal disease can often be the result of having teeth that are too close together or too far apart. When teeth are properly aligned, the gums fit more secure around the teeth, allowing for the best defence against potential periodontal problems.

"Teeth That Fit Together Properly are Less Likely to Require Expensive Dental Treatments in the Future"

Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes. Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria, which when left untreated, can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss as well as more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.

Orthodontics: Solutions for Crooked Teeth

Ortho is from the Greek, orthos, meaning straight and dontic means teeth. Orthodontics is the area of dentistry that specializes in treating patients with misaligned teeth when the mouth is closed (malocclusion), which results in an improper bite.

Dental technology has made many significant advances with regards to the efficiency and cosmetics of dental braces. Now there are numerous types of braces, from tooth-colored braces to invisible and many children, teens and adults look forward to straightening their teeth.

Solutions include:

• Fixed Braces & Removable Braces
o Metal Braces
o Ceramic Braces
o Lingual Braces
o Invisalign Clear Braces
o Damon Braces
o Smart Brackets Braces
o Self-Ligating Braces
• Brackets
• Aligners
• Space maintainers
• Removable Computer-Generated Appliances
• Palatal Expanders

*Source: Invisalign

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