As an adult living with crooked or misaligned teeth, you may be surprised to learn that this type of oral health issue often develops from an early diet of soft foods rather than genetics. Many of us ingest softer foods during infancy, for example, that require less chewing, so we’re unable to train and strengthen our jaw muscles to develop properly and align with our tongue and mouth.
When our orofacial muscles do not align, we experience a range of dental problems as we age, including crooked teeth that may require orthodontic intervention like braces. Some adults are not eager to start the process of wearing braces and you may begin wondering whether you actually “need” braces to help straighten your teeth.
The answer will depend on which dental treatment is best for your oral health care plan and goals.
Which Dental Issues Can You Correct Without Braces?
Invisalign is an effective alternative to braces. With clear removable aligners, Invisalign removes extra space, realigns crowded teeth, and corrects misaligned teeth. Your dental care team may also suggest Myofunctional Therapy if you’re experiencing any of the following dental issues:
- Limited Teeth Overcrowding
- Narrow Upper Jaw
Myofunctional Therapy: Through the use of effective, non-invasion physical therapy exercises, myofunctional therapy helps correct your orofacial posture to realign your jaw muscles for better a bite and improve your ability to chew, swallow, and breath.
Discover Teeth Correction Without Braces at Dakota Dental
Though you may be unhappy with the appearance of crooked teeth, the truth is this type of condition can cause other oral health issues down the road, including jaw discomfort, frequent headaches, or cracked teeth due to their heavy strain on your teeth and gums.
At Dakota Dental, our team will work with you to find the best treatment option to safely and efficiently realign your teeth for a picture-perfect smile. To learn more about orthodontics and myofunctional therapy, visit our website or schedule a consultation with our holistic dentistry office today!