Many people expect any problems with their tooth alignment to appear during childhood. Therefore, if they’ve never needed orthodontic treatment to correct a problem with their tooth alignment, then they may be surprised to learn that their teeth have become crooked in adulthood. No matter what age it occurs, tooth misalignment can lead to several other potentially severe oral health problems in the future. Fortunately, we can help many older teen and adult patients correct misaligned teeth discreetly and comfortably with the help of Invisalign® clear aligners.
They grind together too forcefully
For some patients, undue and excessive pressure and force can be a significant contributing factor in tooth misalignment. Chronic teeth-grinding, a condition known as bruxism, can develop for a number of potential reasons, such as high levels of stress or issues with your bite function. Over time, the pressure of grinding your teeth together will not only cause them to become worn and damaged, but can also force one or more of them out of proper alignment. The further this misalignment the grows, the greater impact it can have on your bite function, exacerbating your bruxism and other potential oral health concerns.
Their restorations don’t fit right
When a tooth is damaged for whatever reason, or develops progressive tooth decay, the best way to preserve your oral health is to restore the tooth as soon as possible. Tooth restorations are customized to address your tooth’s specific concerns, and to closely mimic the natural form and function of your tooth to restore your oral health. However, if the restoration fails, or doesn’t fit as it’s supposed to, it can affect the overall balance and function of your bite. This can affect the alignment and integrity of your other teeth, as well as cause one or more of them to shift out of alignment to make up for the change in your bite’s balance.
They lose one or more teeth
Tooth loss is one of the more severe consequences of several different oral health concerns, including gum disease and internal tooth infection. However, many other oral health concerns can develop as a result of the loss, including a drastic change in your bite’s balance and the positioning of the teeth nearest to the empty space. Restoring lost teeth with a lifelike restoration is the best way to prevent your remaining healthy teeth from shifting out of balance.
Learn how to straighten crooked adult teeth
Even if your teeth have never experienced an alignment issue, they may become crooked later in life due to one or more oral health concerns. To learn more, call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also serve the residents of Kingwood, Conroe, Livingston, and all surrounding communities.