How Misaligned Teeth Can Affect Your Oral Health

If you've been dealing with teeth that are misaligned or crooked, it can be difficult to face the world on a daily basis. Constantly having to hide your smile is just one unfortunate side effect to having teeth that aren't lined up correctly. Misaligned teeth, or a malocclusion, can easily lead to other oral health issues that may require serious attention. If you are concerned about the alignment of your teeth, you need to set up an appointment with your dentist or orthodontist to discuss treatment solutions, such as getting braces.


One of the biggest issues with misaligned teeth is the overcrowding of teeth inside the mouth. Teeth that are pushed together and not allowed proper spacing make it easy for food to get caught in between these spaces. If the top set of teeth cannot come down properly onto the bottom when biting down, it can lead to eventual tooth breakdown and possible tooth loss. Teeth that crowd together can be fixed over time by extraction and Invisalign—a type of incremental aligner that is an alternative to traditional wire mouth braces.

Jaw Pain

If you've been experiencing jaw pain, it's important to get to the root of the problem. It could be a temporary issue that fixes itself on its own or it could be a more serious concern. The temporomandibular joint is the area that connects your jawbone to your skull. When there is disorder of this area it often referred to as a TMJ disorder. This can lead to jaw pain, muscle problems and joint issues that only progress as you age. An oral surgeon or Ear Nose and Throat doctor can properly diagnose a problem and offer a solution to promote a healthy mouth.  


If your teeth are crooked or not lining up properly, a cavity can easily form. Excess saliva in the mouth from having misaligned teeth encourages bacteria growth. This can lead to tartar and plaque buildup. Cavities can cause pain and eventually lead to permanent tooth damage if not repaired quickly. Having your teeth aligned properly diminishes your risk for developing cavities.

Increased Risk For Gum Disease

With gaps or wide spaces between your teeth, your gum line is susceptible to damage. One thing you may be at a higher risk for is gum disease. Gum disease or gingivitis affects at least half of the U.S. population. Symptoms include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Dislocated or broken teeth
  • Painful mouth sores on the gum line
  • Pockets of infection at and below the gum line
  • Severe halitosis

If not treated properly, gum disease can lead to a life threatening issue called sepsis. Sepsis is an infection that spreads into your bloodstream and can shut down major organs.

Keeping your teeth in the best condition possible will help you eat better and communicate properly. Keep up with your oral health by scheduling an appointment with your dentist or orthodontist today.