Importance of Orthodontic Treatments
Orthodontic treatment is often considered cosmetic in nature. While it is true that braces and similar treatments can improve the look of your smile, they also improve your oral and overall health. Orthodontic treatment moves teeth into healthy, balanced positions, reducing the pressure on the jaw and on each other for better function and reduced wear-and-tear.
When you have a bite malocclusion, your upper and lower teeth do not line up properly. You may struggle to bite, chew, and speak properly. Your teeth may have abnormal wear patterns and could be prone to damage. Over time, they can become chipped, cracked, or broken as the wear becomes too extensive for the structure of the teeth to support. You may also be more vulnerable to bruxism, or tooth grinding.
Teeth can also be misaligned, caused by crookedness, gaps, and/or crowding. When teeth are misaligned, they can be difficult to clean, and you can be more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. The gums may also be more likely to recede, which can leave the roots of the teeth exposed and increase the risk of tooth loss.
Orthodontic treatment can correct these issues and reduce the risk of dental disease associated with orthodontic problems. We can address the growth and development of the jawbone, direct the eruption and development of the teeth, correct alignment within the arches, and address the bite to ensure proper balance. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our orthodontist in Northridge.
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