Orthodontics help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth.



Why are crooked teeth a problem?

Teeth that are not aligned properly in a patients mouth is called “malocclusion.” If left for a prolonged period of time with out treatment, malocclusion can lead to periodontal disease and create abnormal amounts of stress on the teeth and jaws causing wear. Along with this having a smile that each and every one of us are proud to show helps in many aspects of life with a positive self image. 

Straight teeth help have:

  • Healthier gums
  • Improved oral hygiene
  • Decreased risk of abnormal wear and trauma to teeth

A straightforward solution to straightening your teeth makes a significant difference in your self image and overall oral health and keeping all of your teeth long into your life. Solutions such as traditional braces is a common solution to malocclusion, along with more subtle solutions such as Invisalign. 

What is periodontal disease? Often beginning as gum redness or bleeding while brushing your teeth / flossing, you may notice halitosis, or bad breath as additional signs. If not treated, gum inflammation can become worse, leading to soft tissue damage, receding gum line and the formation of pockets between teeth and gums – leading to bone loss and eventually tooth loss.

Ask your dentist to inquire about Invisalign or Braces.

Types of malocclusion include:

  • Buildup of plaque and tartar
  • Harbors harmful periodontal bacteria
  • Risk of periodontal disease, tooth and bone loss
  • Food lodges between teeth
  • Risk of sore, tender gums
  • Risk of periodontal disease
  • Speeach impediment Gum
  • Breathing issues
  • TMJ discomfort
  • Excessive wear on back of teeth.
When to Visit the Dentist

Many people only go to the dentist when something is wrong. That is truly a shame, because they are missing out on so many preventive services that can save discomfort — and expense — down the road. Regular dental visits are essential to make sure oral health problems — from tooth decay to oral cancer — are detected and treated in a timely manner. Some individuals may need to see the dentist more often than others to stay on top of problems like plaque buildup and gum disease, but everyone should go at least once per year.

Your regular dental visits will include a thorough oral exam to check the health of your teeth and gums; and oral cancer screening to spot any suspicious signs early; and a professional cleaning to remove stubborn deposits and make your teeth look and feel great. So don’t miss out on the many benefits general dentistry offers you and your family!