Dental Tips Blog

Jul
17

What’s So “Bad” About a Bad Bite?

Posted in Orthodontics

If you like how even your smile looks in the mirror, then it’s hard to imagine why else you could need braces. But a bad bite is about more than just looks, alone.

What Is A Bad Bite?

When people think braces, they’re usually imagining a bunch of crooked and overlapping teeth. Occlusion is often overlooked because many don’t realize it can be a problem.

Occlusion is the way your teeth fit together in relation to one another when you bite down. So it isn’t necessarily about side-to-side tooth alignment. If you have a problem with your occlusion, it probably isn’t visible when you smile. When that’s the case, it’s also likely that you’ve never thought about getting it checked out by an orthodontist or your family dentist.

Problems Caused By Bad Bite

Still not convinced of the benefits of having straighter teeth? Poor occlusion can result in:

  • Headaches
  • TMJ pain
  • Uneven wear on teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Tooth fracture
  • Gum recession
  • Bone loss
  • Tooth alignment problems
  • Difficulty biting or chewing

When teeth don’t close together properly for any reason, they and the structures around them (such as the jaw) can suffer the consequences.

How To Treat A Bad Bite

You may not think that those headaches you’ve been getting every day could be connected to your teeth. The solution could be as simple as a dental crown. Crowns and other restorations can bring balance back to your smile. Other solutions include splints, enamel adjustment, and orthodontic treatment.

A bad bite isn’t always a major fix, but left untreated it can become a major problem.

Talk with your dentist to find out your options. If the need arises, he or she can refer you to a qualified provider in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
The Grove Family Dentistry
6200 Center St Suite I
Clayton, CA 94517
(925) 350-8592

Mar
30

4 Reasons Braces Are Worth the Cost

Posted in Braces

If your dentist or orthodontist ever suggested braces, you probably wondered whether they are really necessary.

You’re not to blame for wanting to save your resources for only the most necessary dental treatment! But what benefits do braces provide that can make them an essential procedure?

Listed here are four reasons braces are more than worth the expense.

1. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean than crooked ones.

Crooked teeth quickly accumulate stain, plaque, and tartar. This disposes them to cavities and gum disease, as well. Your cleaning appointments will be a breeze, when your teeth are straightened. Your smile will stay whiter longer, and even flossing won’t be such a chore!

2. Straightened teeth give you a confidence boost.

What would you do if you could smile without an ounce of hesitation? Grab the chance for a new job interview? Ask that special person out on a date? A straight smile empowers you to show it off with confidence.

3. Correcting problems later on is more expensive than braces.

Problems caused by misaligned teeth can be very expensive to correct down the road.

4. Braces can give you a natural smile makeover without harming your teeth.

There are quick ways to close up gaps between your teeth. These include dental veneers and bonding. Such techniques are safe and reshape the teeth beautifully, but they are relatively temporary and require your teeth to be irreversibly altered. Braces take time, but they guide your teeth into proper position without taking any shortcuts.

Don’t miss out on the chance to have a straighter and healthier smile thanks to orthodontics! Ask your dentist or orthodontist about the options available to you in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Walton Orthodontics
2609 Peachtree Pkwy #C
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 663-0955

Mar
27

Why Crooked Teeth are Unhealthy Teeth

Posted in Orthodontics

A crooked smile may seem like an aesthetic concern, but it goes much further. Crowded, uneven, or gapped teeth can create long-term oral health complications if they aren’t addressed quickly.

Here are some of the most common problems seen in or caused by crooked teeth:

Gum Disease

Crooked teeth are at a high risk to develop gum disease, because of their ability to harbor bacterial plaque. Buildup between the teeth and below the gumlines is harder to reach, causing inflammation, bleeding, and bone loss. Daily flossing is essential, as well as routine preventive cleanings at least twice a year (if not more often.) 

Flat Teeth

Unnatural bites create pressure points at irregular locations. Although your teeth are designed from the hardest substance in your body, they can’t withstand abnormal, chronic wear. If teeth bite end-to-end, the enamel of opposing teeth will cause the opposite one to wear down to a flat edge. 

Broken Restorations

Excessive pressure or wear on your porcelain crowns, bridges, or fillings will eventually cause them to break. Replacing the restoration may not be the answer. It could be that your bite needs to be adjusted – especially if your filling keeps falling out.

TMJ Disorder

As your jaw makes accommodations for efficient chewing, it can create strain on the joint. This leads to muscle pain, fatigue, and headaches. Orthodontic therapy may be part of a comprehensive plan to treat TMJ disorder.

Getting a straighter smile is more than just feeling good about the way your teeth look. It’s about ensuring the health of your teeth for years to come. Ask your dentist what type of smile straightening options are right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

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