Misaligned teeth cause more than just an unattractive smile. Poorly positioned teeth can also affect your bite. This can negatively influence your oral health, increasing your risk of several concerns, like uneven enamel erosion or chipped teeth. In some cases, a poorly aligned bite can also limit the functions of your temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull on either side of your face. You can struggle to bite, chew, and even yawn because a poor bite can cause pain and inflammation in the joint. Thankfully, you can invest in a functional, beautiful smile with Invisalign braces in Marquette.
An unbalanced bite can harm your quality of life and your oral health because there can be uneven pressure distributed on your teeth. Over time, this can cause several issues, like enamel erosion. If too much of the tooth is lost, it can increase the likeliness of broken or fractured teeth. You’ll even have a heightened risk of dental emergencies.
It’s not uncommon for the uneven pressure to strain your temporomandibular joint. This can lead to jaw pain and tenderness that can make it difficult to open or close your mouth. In some cases, your jaw may even lock in an opened or closed position.
Traditionally, metal braces are used to fix bite concerns, but now there’s another solution. Clear aligners can be worn over your teeth to gradually reposition them. This provides a discreet option to correct a variety of bite concerns, including:
The upper teeth can extend too far over the lower jaw, causing the bottom teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.
The upper teeth can sit inside of the lower teeth, which can make it difficult to bite and chew.
An unbalanced dental midline can lead to a disorder of the temporomandibular joint if it isn’t corrected.
Tongue thrusting or thumb sucking as a child can cause the upper and lower teeth to not overlap when the mouth is closed.
Invisalign can correct a variety of bite and alignment issues, giving you a sophisticated solution to improve your smile. We’ll evaluate your orthodontic concerns to ensure the clear aligners can meet your needs. Besides the positioning of your teeth, you might be a candidate for Invisalign if you can commit to wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours per day. You’ll also need to maintain your oral hygiene at home and visit our office every few weeks to monitor the movement of your teeth.
On average, it takes about 12-18 months to finish the series of aligners. During this time, you will need to make certain adjustments to your lifestyle to achieve the best results. We’ll review your plan to ensure you can commit to following the treatment.
If you’re ready to improve the health, function, and appearance of your smile, it’s time to see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.