Having misaligned teeth can give rise to a number of problems. For example, you may end up with excessive wear and tear due to the large number of places where the teeth come down unevenly. In addition to excessive wear, you may experience minor fracturing, chipping, or cracking. In extreme cases, you could even break a tooth.
As problematic as these sound, they are not the only issues that can arise from misaligned teeth. Depending on the way the teeth line up, they could also end up giving you problems with your jaw.
At Gaston Dental Associates, we are dedicated to the health and well-being of our patients. That is why we want you to know what can happen with misaligned teeth, and what you should do if you have them.
Your jaw is hinged to your skull by the temporomandibular joint. This joint primarily moves up and down, although it does have the ability to engage in limited horizontal movement. When your teeth do not line up correctly, it is easy to compensate for this—sometimes even subconsciously—by adjusting your jaw so it moves laterally as you chew.
While this seems to fix the issue in the short term—allowing your teeth to line up properly—in the long term it can cause serious issues. The temporomandibular joint is not meant to operate in this manner and, over time, this practice can lead to problems with the joint.
If you do have misaligned teeth, we can help you. Depending on your particular situation, the fix could be as simple as a retainer or braces. In extreme cases we may need to do more, but the vast majority of cases of misaligned teeth can be remedied with these orthodontic tools.
If you have misaligned teeth, we at Gaston Dental Associates are here for you, so contact us today.