Why Straight Teeth?
TO SOME, IT MAY seem as if the benefits of having straight teeth are purely cosmetic, and those benefits certainly do exist. In fact, studies have shown that people tend to perceive someone with straight teeth as wealthier, happier, and more dateable than someone with crooked teeth. However, straight teeth have several other important benefits beyond what meets the eye.
Consequences Of Crooked Teeth
There are many different ways crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth can negatively impact a person’s health and quality of life. Let us take a look at a few of the major issues.
Difficult To Clean
When teeth overlap each other in ways they are not meant to, they can be much harder to clean with brushing and flossing. If teeth are not getting cleaned as effectively, they become more vulnerable to tooth decay.
Impede Clear Speech
Underbites, severe overbites, and other teeth alignment problems can interfere with a person’s ability to speak clearly, leading to lisps and other distortions in articulation.
Interfere With Healthy Digestion
Chewing is a critical part of the digestion process. Our saliva begins to break food down on a chemical level while our teeth break it apart into more manageable pieces. Crooked teeth can make it difficult or even impossible to chew food enough, which forces the rest of the digestive system to pick up the slack. This can lead to a number of unpleasant GI consequences, and it can even make it harder to lose weight!
Interfere With Healthy Breathing
If your teeth do not fit together comfortably, you might keep them apart instead of closing your jaws when resting. This can lead to mouth breathing, which has many negative health effects. The two most connected to oral health concerns are chronic bad breath and dry mouth.
Cause Jaw Problems
If there is something off with your bite, it can result in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Symptoms include a clicking jaw joint, jaw pain, and frequent headaches.
Do Your Teeth Need Straightening?
Having straight teeth eliminates or greatly reduces all of these problems. This, paired with the cosmetic advantages and the boost in confidence, makes orthodontic treatment a very worthwhile investment. If you think you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, our practice is here for you. In the meantime, keep brushing, flossing, and scheduling your regular dental appointments!
You deserve the best for your teeth!
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