A straight smile is a wonderful asset. If you are embarrassed by your teeth, you may not smile or laugh as often. Many people undergo orthodontic treatment to increase their self-esteem, confidence and facial appearance. Straightening your teeth can also have a dramatic effect on your bite, chewing function and speaking ability.
There are numerous other reasons to consider straightening your teeth.
Properly aligned teeth:
- Collect less plaque and toxic bacteria. Your mouth is the perfect breeding place for bacteria. It is warm and moist and has a constant source of nutrients from the foods and drinks you consume. Good brushing and flossing help to remove some of the bacteria from your teeth and gums, but you will always leave some behind. Crowded teeth are the perfect environment for plaque and bacteria to hide. It is often difficult to thoroughly clean overlapping, crowded & rotated teeth. The plaque and bacteria can cause tooth decay, gingivitis and lead to periodontal disease.
- Are less likely to be fractured. Protruding upper teeth are more likely to be broken in an accident.
- Promotes more even wear on tooth surfaces. Malaligned teeth can cause abnormal wear on opposing tooth surfaces.
- May prevent pain down the road. Teeth that don’t properly fit together can cause misalignment of the jaw joints which may lead to headaches or chronic pain in the face and neck.
- May prevent gum disease and damage. In severe malocclusions, the teeth can damage the gum as you chew. If you have crowded and rotated teeth, you are more prone to gingivitis, and periodontal disease due to bacteria and inflammation. Gum disease is increasingly believed to be a causative factor in some patients with heart problems.
- May help you to chew better. Chewing may be more difficult in some instances of malaligned teeth – for example when the bottom teeth overlap the top teeth.
The value of an attractive, natural, healthy smile should not be underestimated. Once you can bite together correctly, you can eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily. Orthodontic treatment is not just about looking good – is also about your health!