If you want to improve your oral health to ensure your smile stays healthy, Invisalign in Jackson from Dr. Ben Heffter or Dr. Pako Major may be a great investment. If you get Invisalign from the team at Jackson Family Dentistry, you can address a wide variety of different oral health issues. Read on to get more details, and see how Invisalign may be able to improve the overall health of your teeth, gums, and jaw.
A “malocclusion” refers to any improper bite. The teeth are intended to align and come together perfectly when the jaw is closed, but this is not always the case. In an overbite, the upper jaw projects further than the lower jaw. In an underbite, the lower jaw projects further than the upper jaw.
Other types of malocclusion include an open bite and crossbite. Depending on the extent of your malocclusion, Invisalign can be used to correct the position of your teeth and jaws, providing you with a healthier bite. This can improve your oral health, make it easier to chew and speak, and even help prevent premature tooth wear.
It can be difficult to brush your teeth and floss properly if you have crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or inconsistent gaps between your teeth. Invisalign helps move your teeth into a healthier position, which also creates consistent spaces between each tooth.
This makes it easier for you to care for your smile by brushing and flossing properly. In turn, this reduces your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Not only that, but you’ll feel much more proud and confident about your newly-straightened teeth!
Bite problems are thought to be a major contributing factor to both teeth grinding and TMJ. Teeth grinding (bruxism) refers to repeated clenching of the teeth, often at night.
Eventually, this can lead to damage to the teeth, and also contribute to jaw issues. Invisalign can protect your teeth from grinding, and it may even prevent future grinding by retraining the muscles involved in bruxism.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) is often caused by a poor bite alignment which puts uneven pressure on the temporomandibular joint, which is located just beneath each of your ears.
Over time, this may result in pain in your jaw, “clicking” and “popping” sounds when you chew, and even difficulty closing and opening your mouth. Invisalign can correct your bite alignment and reduce your risk of developing TMJ.
By ensuring that your teeth and bite are aligned properly, you can avoid premature tooth wear. Crooked or misaligned teeth do not contact each other correctly, which can lead to excessive pressure on a few particular teeth. This can cause the teeth to wear down prematurely, which may eventually require you to have them pulled and replaced.
If you’re interested in avoiding and treating oral health issues like TMJ, teeth grinding, gum disease, and tooth decay, orthodontic treatment with Invisalign can be a great option.
If you want more information or are interested in Invisalign in Jackson, contact Jackson Family Dentistry online or call us at (262) 677-3003 to schedule an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Heffter or Dr. Major, and explore your options in further detail.