Generally, people are taught about the importance of dental health from a young age. However, these lessons may seem a bit tedious until you start having dental issues. According to the California Association of Orthodontists, overlapping and crowded teeth can be difficult to clean, leaving the teeth at a higher risk of decay. Here is why you may need to see the best orthodontist to prevent this.

Overall Oral Health Assessment

An orthodontist can prescribe and monitor your treatment with clear aligners, but they will also perform an overall assessment of your oral health. They will look at the ligaments and bone tissue that hold your teeth in place as well as your gums to ensure that you are healthy. During the assessment, the orthodontist can discover other hidden problems like cavities, existing dental work that’s sustained damage, and even gum disease. Upon discovering these issues, the orthodontist will give you advice on how to resolve them before they cause more complicated issues.

The Orthodontist Will Determine if Clear Aligners Can Fix Issues Like Overbite and Underbite

Not every underbite and overbite case can be fixed using clear aligners. An overbite is when your upper teeth overlap your bottom teeth. This can make it difficult to chew certain foods. As you might imagine, an underbite is the opposite of an overbite, where the bottom teeth are in front of the upper front row of teeth. Your orthodontist will consider your unique case to determine if these can be fixed using clear aligners.

To Fix Crowded Teeth

Sometimes, there may not be enough space in the jaw to accommodate a full set of teeth. This can cause your teeth to overlap and twist. Teeth crowding can cause a variety of issues. For instance, it can be extremely difficult to remove food that is stuck between your teeth when they are overcrowded. Fortunately, orthodontists can typically correct this issue using clear aligners. Depending on the severity of the condition, an orthodontist can use clear aligners to rearrange your teeth thereby reducing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and other issues.

To see if clear aligners would be a good fit for you, or to schedule your complimentary consultation, contact our office, today!