Sometimes the teeth look straight but the “peaks and valleys” of the teeth, or the upper and lower jaws, or both, don’t match up. This misalignment can create extreme wear on the teeth, breakdown of supporting tissues, and create difficulty in day-to-day chewing and function. The teeth may ultimately wear away or fracture prematurely and need substantial dental work to restore them back to health. In addition, the gums and bone around the teeth can strip away, particularly in the presence of food debris and plaque. A poor bite or jaw relationship can also cause stress and deterioration of the jaw joint or TMJ as well as cause muscular fatigue and headaches, which can lead to further, more complicated problems.
Many people would like to have a beautiful, pleasing smile. Your smile says a lot about you as a person. And certainly, straight, well cared for teeth can change a smile into an invaluable asset, one which makes you feel better about your appearance and yourself. Our smile is an important part of our expression, our emotions and our life. It really deserves the greatest care it can receive.