You probably think that your teeth are straight enough, that their appearance doesn’t really bother you enough to shell out a ton of money just to have them look like railroad tracks. What you might not be considering is that straightness is not just about appearance, but also about maintaining the health and structure of your mouth.
Getting braces as an adult is usually about aligning your teeth and bite properly, which Dr. Postol might refer to as your “occlusion.” Most people have at least small issues with their alignment,
but there are many options available to fix problems, no matter what their degree. If you would like to discuss braces or your bite alignment, please call our Ballwin dental office today, or mention it at your next appointment with us.
Are Your Teeth Aligned?
Malocclusion is when teeth are not aligning properly, and it can be caused by a number of things both in and out of your control. Often, malocclusion is hereditary, which means if your parents’ teeth didn’t align properly, chances are yours won’t either. This could be from the shapes of your jaws, overcrowded or unevenly spaced teeth, or an abnormal bite pattern.
Changes in your mouth can also have a dramatic effect on the alignment of your teeth. These can include:
- Loss of teeth, naturally or through extraction
- Chipped teeth
- Jaw injury
- New fillings, crowns, bridges, or dental appliances
- Braces or retainers
- Tumors of the mouth or jaw
Most people have some degree of misalignment in their teeth, but it doesn’t always cause problems. Our Ballwin dental office staff will always check to make sure everything looks right, and you should make sure to let us know if you have any pain or discomfort.
Symptoms of malocclusion include tooth pain, jaw pain, sensitivity to cold or heat, discomfort while biting or chewing, jaw popping, and mouth breathing due to an improperly closing mouth.
Align Your Bite
If Dr. Postol discovers that your bite is not aligned and that it is causing problems for you, there are a number of options available to fix the issue. A simple light filing of protruding points may get rid of any pain or discomfort, or we may readjust any new dental work you have in your mouth. In more troublesome cases, we might recommend braces or other appliances to straighten your teeth. The treatment for your mouth depends on your individual variables, and we will always make sure to find the best solution for all of our Ballwin patients!