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What is Malocclusion, and Why Is It Important?

How well do your teeth fit together when your mouth is closed and your jaws at rest? More specifically, what influence does the alignment of your teeth have on your overall oral health? The term “occlusion” refers to the order and alignment of your teeth, which is vital to your smile’s good health and proper function. Today, your Milford dentists explore the concept of malocclusion, its influence on your smile’s wellbeing, and how to restore the balance when your teeth aren’t aligned correctly.

The Beauty of Symmetry

Crooked teeth are often visually awkward and less-appealing than straight ones, but they’re influence on your smile is more than just cosmetic. When you bite and chew, your jaw can exert up to 200 pounds of pressure on your back teeth. Though strong, your teeth rely on the proper distribution of this pressure to effectively withstand the repeated impacts, and this distribution relies on the precise alignment of your teeth. Also, straight teeth are easier to clean and keep disease-free, while the edges and crevices created by crooked teeth can offer hiding spots for infectious bacteria (found in dental plaque). If your toothbrush or floss can’t reach a spot of plaque because of uneven teeth, then your risks of developing tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and other dental issues are significantly increased.

How to Fix Malocclusion

Metal braces are the traditional method of addressing crooked teeth; however, as an adult, you may feel a bit apprehensive about wearing metal brackets and wires on your teeth throughout your professional life. To help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile, our experts may recommend the use of Invisalign clear braces, which eschew the idea of brackets and wires altogether in favor of clear acrylic aligners. For ultimate convenience, clear braces are also removable, allowing you to eat and clean your teeth as easily as before your orthodontic treatment.

To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling our office at (203) 878-6699. The specialists at Sensitive Care Cosmetic & Family Dentistry proudly serve patients and their families in Milford, Stratford, West Haven, New Haven, and all surrounding communities.

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