Orthodontics also looks at jaw and bite alignment. If jaw or bite misalignment is severe it can not only cause discomfort but can also affect your eating, breathing, sleeping and speech. Orthodontic treatment can help correct malocclusion and allow the jaw to function more naturally, alleviate pain, and reduce interference with eating, breathing, or speech.
The effective ability to correctly chew our food (called “mastication”) is part of the first phase of digesting our food. Poor bites can limit the ability to masticate our food and this can have a flow-on effect to our digestion and absorption of nutrients.