Fixing the alignment of your teeth might lead to better balance and posture according to some studies. Misaligned teeth have been associated with postural and balance control. Researchers suggest that athletes in particular should consider correcting dental occlusions to improve postural control. This could also prevent possible falls and instability due to a lack of motor system response.
- Two studies suggest… the malocclusion of teeth (also referred to as crowded teeth, misaligned teeth, crossbite, overbite, or underbite) are linked to issues with both with both postural and balance control.
- One study showed “alterations in alignment of the teeth were related to poorer control of static balance”. A second study interestingly showed that when malocclusions were corrected, balance improved (and also had a bigger effect on postural control when those in the study were fatigued vs. when they were well rested).
- This research suggests that those who have dental occlusions (particularly athletes) would benefit from correcting those occlusions “to improve postural control and thus prevent possible falls and instability due to a lack of motor system response”.
“The malocclusion of teeth, sometimes described as crowded teeth, misaligned teeth, crossbite, overbite, or underbite, have been associated with both postural and balance control.”