When Wayward Teeth Take A Crooked Path

Winston-Salem orthodontics

Malocclusion is dental-speak for crooked teeth. When you examine all the different ways numerous 3-dimensional objects can be positioned, it is not surprising that malocclusion occurs in multiple forms. The number of configurations may surprise you.

When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this abnormality called “buck teeth.”

An overbite takes place when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is the reverse abnormality—the upper front teeth close farther back than the lower front teeth. An open bite refers to a bite in which the upper don’t overlap the lower teeth. This can occur on the whole bite or just one side.

Tooth rotation is one of the most prevalent kinds of malocclusion. Rotated teeth appear as if they are twisting out of place. Tooth rotation can create the illusion of uneven coloring because of the way light reflects off the face of teeth.

When the upper and lower palate are offset to the point where the upper teeth close onto the wrong side of the lower teeth, it is labeled a cross bite.

In some rare cases – called transposition – teeth erupt in spots where other teeth should be. For example, a canine (pointed tooth) comes in where an incisor (front biting tooth) should be. Can you imagine trying to chew if your teeth have been playing musical chairs?

Many people with crooked teeth are too self-conscious to smile, but aesthetics are not the only issue at play. Crooked teeth can increase the possibility of tooth decay, tooth damage, and TMD temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Children with crooked teeth may have difficulty learning how to speak, and if they can’t chew meat and raw vegetables properly, they may miss out on required nutrients due to a limited diet.

If you or your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, we invite you to schedule an extensive examination with Winston-Salem Dental Group. We provide Invisalign clear braces.

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

336 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 


Poor Oral Health And Heart Disease

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Attention dental patients: brushing your teeth twice daily may help lessen your risk of heart disease. Scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years that there is a link between inflammation in the mouth (gum disease) and heart problems. A new study solidifies that finding. Science Daily reported on the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.

To quote from the article:

“The authors, led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analyzed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in a Scottish Health Survey. The research team analyzed data about lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, physical activity, and oral health routines.”

“Once the data was adjusted for established cardio risk factors, the researchers found that participants who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared to individuals who brushed their teeth twice a day.”

The Scottish survey is one of many that validates the link between oral health and overall vitality. Simply put: you aren’t healthy unless your gums and teeth are healthy.

It doesn’t matter if you are a lean distance runner with a pulse of fifteen beats a minute and a blood pressure of 100 over 60. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan who has eaten a nutritionally balanced, low-fat diet for the past five years. If you have inflamed gums and dental caries, you are at risk for dangerous troubles in other areas of the body.

Perhaps your teeth and gums are healthy but you wish your smile was more attractive. We can help you there also with a smile makeover. Porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays/onlays, and orthodontia are all available to solve any cosmetic issues you wish to have repaired. Winston-Salem Dental Group provides general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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