When most people think of orthodontic problems, crooked teeth come to mind. They are unsightly, difficult to clean, and often difficult to chew with. However, they are not the only common orthodontic problem. A good bite is just as important as straight teeth.
What is a bad bite?
Your mouth is a complicated system of teeth, bones, muscles, and joints. Ideally, all of these work together seamlessly, like the gears in a clock. When you close your jaws, your upper teeth should mesh nicely with your lowers. Sometimes, it doesn't work that way. Even if your teeth are straight, they may not match up right. This is called a bad bite.
Why it's bad
Depending on the severity, bite problems can be just as damaging cosmetically as a few teeth falling down on the job. Surely you have seen people with an obvious underbite, overbite, crossbite (jaw too far to one side), or “buck teeth.” This can be noticeable even when your mouth is closed, because your chin is in the wrong place.
A bad bite is also bad for your health. Your teeth are basically grinders, and their job is to get food ready for digestion. When they don't contact each other, they can't grind your food. If teeth don't do their job, it makes your stomach's job more difficult. Additionally, misaligned jaws can become painful, possibly even leading to a condition known as TMD. This causes headaches, ear pain, dizziness, and a variety of other problems.
We have a good solution!
You probably think you'd have to transform into a metal mouth for a couple of years to correct your bite. Think again! Invisalign has a reputation as a dream-come-true for anyone wanting cosmetic teeth straightening, and it is. However, many people don't know that Invisalign is a multi-talented orthodontic solution.
Thanks to years of innovative research and technological advances, Invisalign can straighten crooked teeth, bring together an open bite, align a crossbite, underbite, or overbite, close wide gaps, and spread out crowded teeth. In short, Invisalign does just about everything except brush your teeth for you!