At Brush & Floss Dental Center, we don’t just see children coming in to straighten their teeth. Nowadays, adults also form a large percentage of people who require orthodontic treatment. That is because a lot of people these days understand the many benefits that a straight and even smile offer.
Straight teeth do not just enhance your beauty, but they are also beneficial for your oral health.
Straight Teeth are Good for Digestion
Straight teeth exert an even force and allow your food to be chewed better. When your food is chewed well, it speeds up your digestion as well. Food that is poorly chewed can cause your entire digestive tract to work harder. This may result in poor digestion and less nutrition being absorbed by the body.
Even people who have straight and even teeth may suffer from gut health issues if they do not properly chew their food.
Straight Teeth are Easier to Clean
Teeth that are crooked or have gaps between them are challenging to clean. Your toothbrush may not be able to access spaces behind crooked teeth and your floss may get stuck. Hence, your teeth may fall prey to cavities and other dental issues.
Straight teeth, on the other hand, are easier to clean as you can access every nook and corner via brushing and flossing.
Straight Teeth Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease
When your teeth are crooked or have gaps between them, it can cause food debris to get stuck in them. As a result, bacterial plaque accumulates between your teeth and can lead to gum diseases. Periodontal disease can cause your gums to become red and inflamed and can make them bleed. Your breath will also smell bad due to gum disease. Moreover, untreated gum disease is associated with several health problems.
Straight Teeth Reduce Your Risk of Cavities
Since it is difficult to maintain optimal oral hygiene when you have misaligned or crooked teeth, you are more likely to have cavities. Cavities often form between teeth so they may not be visible to the naked eye and they often do not cause pain, until the infection has reached the tooth pulp.
If that happens, you will experience a lot of pain in your teeth and require expensive restorative treatment to save your teeth.
Straight teeth are easy to clean; hence, the risk of cavities is low.
Straight Teeth Have a Lower Risk of Trauma
Teeth that are uneven or protrude out are more likely to become victims of accidents, if you fall or if you experience a blow to the face when playing sports. Crooked teeth may also be weak since they do not get proper dental hygiene which may make them susceptible to cracks, chips, and fracture.
Straight teeth, however, do not stick out and offer greater protection against chips and cracks.
Straight Teeth Prevent the Risk of Injury
Crooked teeth are often responsible for injury of the soft tissue since it can make you more susceptible to biting your cheek. Even if you chew carefully, crooked teeth, especially those in contact with your inner cheek, may rub against the soft tissue and can cause painful sores.
Straight teeth are easy on the soft tissue of your mouth and prevent injury.
Straight Teeth Enable Clearer Speech
You may be aware that your teeth play a big role in enunciation. Just take a look at people who do not have teeth; they often struggle to speak clearly and suffer from a lisp. In the same way, if you have large gaps between your teeth or have crooked and protruding teeth, it can interfere with your speech.
By investing in orthodontic treatment with our doctors, you can improve your speech.
Straight Teeth Reduce Your Risk of Jaw, Head, and Neck Pain
If you have misaligned teeth or gaps between your teeth, it can put extra pressure on the teeth that are straight. Since force is not distributed equally, it can cause pain in your jaw and can even result in jaw misalignment.
Jaw misalignment may be a factor in temporomandibular joint disorder, which is an umbrella term for issues relating to the jaw joints. This can lead to headaches and facial muscle pain.
Once you get your teeth straightened, you may find it easier to chew and may suffer from fewer headaches and jaw pain.
Straight Teeth Result in Less Wear and Tear
If your teeth are crooked or have gaps, it can cause increased wear and tear of your enamel, gums and jaw. Teeth that are in alignment do not place excessive pressure on any teeth. Hence, you are less likely to experience fractures, enamel erosion and notching on the gum line.
Hence, you will require expensive repair work in the future to fix these issues.
Straight Teeth Increase Your Self-Confidence
People who have crooked teeth do not smile as much or cover their smile with their hands. Misaligned teeth are a major cause of lack of self-confidence, particularly in image-conscious teenagers.
Meanwhile, people who have straight and even teeth tend to smile and laugh more readily and are more confident.
As you can see, fixing your teeth to become straight does not just offer you cosmetic benefits, but it is also very important for your health and emotional well-being. If you have a less than perfect smile, it is never too late to get it fixed.
Call us today at Brush & Floss Dental Center at (203) 683-5253 and schedule an appointment to get your teeth straightened.