Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on straightening teeth and correcting issues with your bite. Crooked and misaligned teeth can be caused by several factors, including genetics, the loss of teeth prematurely, an improperly fit dental restoration, a misaligned jaw, or oral health problems in children such as tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, or using a bottle or pacifier for too long. Crooked or misaligned teeth can lead to a variety of complications, including:
- Reducing your ability to chew comfortably and effectively. This can also lead to digestive problems.
- Making teeth cleaning more difficult, which increases the odds of suffering from gum disease and decay.
- Placing strain on your teeth, muscles, and jaws. This unnecessary stress can lead to broken or cracked teeth.
- Having a negative impact on your self-esteem.
If you are interested in straightening your teeth or correcting your bite, Dr. Howard is happy to help. If you decide that you would like orthodontic treatment, our team at Blissful Dental will work hard to keep you comfortable. We invite you to contact us today if you would like more information about how our dentists can straighten your smile through orthodontics in Lanham, Maryland. We are excited to help you attain the attractive, healthy smile you deserve.