Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Oral hygiene can impact our health more than we think. For instance, if we don’t prioritize brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups, it can actually contribute to serious health issues like cardiovascular disease

But did you know that there’s another oral health standard that’s just as important? It’s a proper bite — or, in other words, well-aligned teeth. You may think your teeth’s alignment is a strictly cosmetic issue, but there’s more to it than that.

As part of routine care, our providers at Marietta Dental & Implant Center meticulously examine your mouth to see if you’re dealing with any misalignment issues. If we find any, we work with you to create solutions right away. 

Dr. Sommerville, Dr. Greene, and Dr. Dillon have decades of experience between them, as well as specialty training, but the one thing they have in common is putting you and your oral health first. 

Here’s why correcting misalignment is a priority to us when it comes to caring for our patients — and why it should be to you, too.

A good bite is more than just cosmetic

Your bite is like a fingerprint — it’s unique to you. Your upper and lower teeth also serve critical functions: Assuming they’re properly aligned, your upper teeth protect your lips or cheeks, while your lower teeth safeguard your tongue. 

The problems of misaligned teeth

“Malocclusion” is the technical term for teeth that aren’t correctly aligned. An overbite, underbite, or something known as an “open bite” — where your teeth don’t touch when you close your mouth — can cause a host of problems, such as:

Alignment problems can originate in your childhood with thumbsucking or be the result of an injury. They can also occur if you have too many teeth, tooth loss, or crowded teeth. 

No matter what caused your bite issue, ignoring it can lead to cavities, jaw strain, and even chronic problems like TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). 

Can my malocclusion be corrected?

Yes. In fact, we have a variety of approaches we use, depending on what your specific type of misalignment is. 

We find that orthodontic correction of your bite problem using braces solves the problem for many patients, children, and adults alike. Dr. Sommerville is our resident expert in Invisalign®, FASTBRACES®, and conventional treatment. 

We may also discover as we work with you that some of your old fillings and crowns are causing the problem, or that you need an extraction if your teeth are crowded.

We approach your alignment problem responsibly, safely, and compassionately. Trusting us with your oral care means that we’ll partner with you to not only improve your smile, but your overall oral health.

Take a (better) bite out of life!

The only thing standing between you and healthy tooth alignment is not having a premier team of dental pros who have your back (and your mouth). Correct this today by calling us to schedule your consultation, or use our convenient online booking tool.

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