Misaligned teeth or jaws can lead to a wide range of different problems – or sometimes cause no problems at all. This will depend on the type of misalignment and how severe it is.
Misaligned teeth are harder to clean, and the affected teeth may become wobbly, tooth decay or gum disease2 may develop, and the teeth may be more prone to damage if you have an accident.3 Severe misalignments can affect things like eating, drinking and speaking, or cause breathing problems.4
These may be the symptoms of an abnormal teeth alignment or what doctors call “malocclusion”
Properly aligned teeth provide easier brushing and flossing and hence may reduce plaque retention, tooth decay, and the risk of gum disease. Aligned teeth may reduce the risk of tooth chipping, breaking, and wear, which can require expensive procedures to repair. Proper alignment also reduces stress on the jawbone and joints. Fixing a bad bite improves your smile and your health.7 Good tooth alignment improves function and self-cleaning and support effective oral hygiene, because mechanical tooth cleaning can only be effective where it reaches the tooth.
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Good tooth alignment improves function and self-cleaning and support effective oral hygiene, because mechanical tooth cleaning can only be effective where it reaches the tooth. Compared to traditional braces, patients treated with Invisalign clear aligners have better oral health:1,8,9