Most people would jump at the chance to have their ideal smile. After all, perfect, white, straight teeth are often seen as a sign of someone who is open, confident, and successful in all aspects of their life. However, getting to a smile you can be proud of may not be as easy to achieve for some as it is for others. It is easy to forget how form follows function, and oftentimes getting that wonderful smile requires more than tooth whitening. For some, getting to that smile means starting with correcting an imperfect bite.
When your bite is normal, your upper and lower teeth will align when your jaw is closed. Many people have a misaligned bite, but are able to eat and speak well. A minor malocclusion is something many men and women are content with living with. However, some misaligned bites cause oral health problems, lead to feelings of insecurity when speaking to others, and can lead to further problems.
Some of the most common issues include:
- Chipped and broken teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Missing teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
Malocclusions may also be a large part of problems linked to TMJ/TMD. Headaches, jaw pain, and other symptoms may have plagued some dental patients for years. This is caused by a bite imbalance that puts strain on the trigeminal nerve.
Correcting Bad Bites
Dr. Whitmore and his team will consult with you to get to the root of the problem. Restoring damaged teeth through bonding, veneers, or dental implants (for missing teeth) is one of the first steps. If Dr. Whitmore determines you are suffering from TMJ, there are several options to treat you to get you closer to your perfect smile.
Bad bites affect more than just your smile. They can affect all aspects of your life. Contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.