Northern Kentucky Cosmetic Dentist Talks Malocclusion And The Negative Effects It Has On Oral Health

By: Gen Wright

Highland Heights, KY - Many patients ignore the fact that they might need orthodontic treatment. A minor malocclusion issue isn't a big deal, right? Wrong. It's important to correct bite and spacing problems; in the long run, a better bite and tooth placement helps with overall oral health. How can it improve overall oral health?

"Patients who have crowded or spaced teeth, crossbite, overjet, overbite or an underbite are dealing with a malocclusion problem. When left untreated, bite problems and spacing issues can get worse. This can lead to more issues related to your oral health. It's important to start orthodontic treatment once it's recommended," asserts Dr. Ansley Depp, practitioner of cosmetic dentistry in Northern Kentucky.

It's true. For patients with crowded teeth, it's difficult to effectively brush and floss because the jaw lacked enough room to fit every tooth, so some teeth were pushed together or made to overlap. Bristles and floss will miss food particles wedged between teeth, so plaque will accumulate and increase a chance of developing tooth decay and gum issues. On the other hand, excessive spacing exposes gums, leaving the tissue unprotected. Extra space allows bacteria to invade the gum tissue and create periodontal pockets. Over a period of time, patients raise the risk of periodontal disease, which can also lead to tooth loss.

In regards to bite problems, overbite (upper teeth bite over lower teeth) and underbite (lower teeth jut past the front teeth) may result in gum problems or irritation. Plus, the two bite problems wear down teeth. If enamel wears down, teeth are most susceptible to tooth decay. An openbite (opposing teeth can't make contact) and crossbite (one or more upper teeth bite on the inside of lower teeth) put a lot of stress on the jaw and joints. In severe cases, openbite can cause temporomandibular joint disorder.

However, some patients don't want to wear traditional braces. Drs. Depp and Arlinghaus understand what patients' truly need-Invisalign treatment. In Northern Kentucky, patients have the option of discreetly correcting their malocclusion problems with Invisalign-invisible aligners that gently move teeth into the correct position. Invisalign boasts many great advantages-they are comfortable, clear and removable.

In Northern Kentucky, Invisalign treatment gives patients a brand new start to a healthier and happier smile! To schedule an appointment with Drs. Depp and Arlinghaus, call (859) 442-8200 or visit their comprehensive dental website at www.dentalblu[dot]com to submit a appointment request form. At Drs. Depp and Arlinghaus's dental practice, their leading general and cosmetic dentistry in Northern Kentucky restores patients' smile, so they can gain the confidence and happiness they deserve. It's superior dentistry with a personal touch!

Media Contact:
Dr. Ansley Depp, D.M.D.
Dr. Ansley Depp
[email protected][dot]com
2600 Alexandria Pike
Highland Heights, KY 41076
(859) 442-8200

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