Did you know that having misaligned teeth can create preventable
While there is an undeniable bias in society aimed at people whose
teeth are not perfectly straight, there are multiple other reasons why dental
patients who have crooked teeth should seek out orthodontic treatment.
Although many adults worry about the cost and discomfort
associated with orthodontic procedures, many dental surgeries that offer adult
orthodontic options, like Six Month
Smiles in Northern Ireland, are able to offer payment plans
or financing. Also, while it is common to become concerned about discomfort and
dental procedures, cosmetic braces offered to adults rarely cause discomfort,
making them ideal for busy adults and teenagers.
Our teeth are the first part of our digestive system and are there
to break the food down into a swallowable size.
Just like gears in a machine, if they are all perfectly aligned,
the machine will run smoothly. If, however, the gears are sticking out at odd
angles, with some not even touching or lining up, it is not likely the machine
will function correctly.
teeth have been linked to poorer digestion of food, which leads to
issues with absorption and digestive complications like acid reflux and
Higher risk of gum disease and decay
Misaligned teeth are harder to brush correctly.
While many people who have crooked teeth believe they are brushing
thoroughly, due to the unusual positioning of their teeth, it is practically
impossible to reach all of the areas where plaque and bacteria can accumulate,
creating the perfect environment for decay and periodontal disease.
It goes without saying that there are only 2 options to resolve
this; pay for regular hygienist visits
or seek out a more long term orthodontic procedure.
Temporomandibular joint disorder
Also linked to misaligned teeth is temporomandibular joint
Caused by the teeth grinding together as you sleep, this condition
can facilitate erosion and wearing down of tooth enamel, cause pain in the jaw
muscles and even lead to headaches.
When people who suffer from TMJ start orthodontic treatment, they
report a reduction in these symptoms, as their teeth now slot together
correctly, allowing their jaw to rest properly during slumber.
If you frequently have jaw pain or headaches in the morning, you
should discuss orthodontic options with your dentist.
An unsettled jaw causes tightening of the muscles in the face,
neck and upper shoulders.
Overworked or strained muscles in these areas put you at a higher
risk of suffering from chronic migraine headaches, which are a serious
Misaligned teeth have also been linked to cluster headaches.
Misaligned teeth plus sleep can equal obstructive sleep apnoea,
caused by the lower jaw falling too far back during rest and obstructing the
This is not only disruptive for restful sleep but can also be life
threatening, as the body becomes temporarily deprived of oxygen through the