How Do You Correct Misalignment?

Misalignment is much more than just a cosmetic issue. When you have teeth that are crooked or crowd one another, caring for your smile becomes difficult and as a result, there is an increase in oral health problems. How do you correct misalignment? Fortunately, we offer two different options to help address misalignment and improve your smile’s beauty and health.

Correcting Misalignment Quiz

  1. True or False: Uneven smiles can lead to jaw joint issues.
  2. True or False: We can correct smiles with clear aligners.
  3. True or False: Six Month Smiles fixes alignment in just a few months.
  4. True or False: Untreated alignment issues can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Answer Key

  1. True. Occasionally, misalignment places pressure on the jaw joints. The pressure can allow TMJ disorder to occur, a disorder that causes headaches, popping or clicking in the jaw, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth. In addition, patients could also develop bruxism, which develops when the patient chronically grinds his/her teeth or clenches his/her jaw, eventually damaging the teeth.
  2. True. Invisalign corrects uneven smiles with clear plastic aligners, which are custom-made for a comfortable fit and accurate treatment. The aligners correct the smile and can be removed before you eat or when you brush or floss your teeth.
  3. True. Patients wear clear brackets and tooth-colored arch wires, which correct minor alignment issues in about three to six months. We recommend this for patients over the age of 16 who have minor alignment issues.
  4. True. When you can’t thoroughly brush or floss your teeth then you have a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease developing. These issues can lead to tooth loss and serious discomfort. However, by correcting your smile you can take better care of your teeth and gums.