It’s actually not just about your teeth, but also what holds them in place: your gums. When your teeth are crooked, your gums are more susceptible to collecting harmful bacteria, which can lead to health complications. This should dispel any notions that straight teeth are only about cosmetics. Crooked teeth also come with a host of other problems, including weakened tooth enamel, lower self-esteem, and other problems you may have never guessed could be alleviated by having your teeth straightened.
Crooked and misaligned teeth are common dental issues, but they can also cause serious problems if left untreated. In fact, the situation is likely to worsen as time passes, so taking steps to correct this type of issue early can save you time, money, stress, and discomfort.
How Straight Teeth Keep You Healthier
Healthier gums - When teeth are too widely spaced or crowded, they often become inflamed and red. These characteristics not only look bad, they’re a sign of periodontal disease. Straightening your teeth helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, helping to prevent periodontal problems.
Prevents abnormal tooth wear - Crowded bottom teeth often cause one or more teeth to jut out, which rub against the upper teeth. Over time, this leads to an inefficient chewing function and can cause undue wear to tooth enamel.
Decreases risk of tooth injury - Crowded, protruding upper teeth are more likely to be broken in the event of an accident.
Decreases headaches and neck pain - Crooked teeth place excessive stress on the gums and the bone that supports the teeth. This can also be a sign of a jaw misalignment, which can lead to chronic headaches as well as face or neck pain.
Improves confidence, self-esteem, and happiness - An important part of your overall health is your mental health. Many studies have shown that having a better- looking smile means that you’ll smile more. This, in turn, leads to various health benefits, including lower stress and improved cognition.
Reduces the risk of gum disease and infections - Many diseases and infections start in the mouth because of misaligned teeth. Crowded teeth also are much more difficult to floss, which can lead to plaque build-up---and that means bacteria-promoting infections and potential diseases.
If you’re undecided about whether or not to get your teeth straightened, realize that doing so improves more than just your smile. In fact, teeth-straightening solutions are only a visit away from the dental pros at Forest & Ray. So, set up a consultation with one of our dentists or orthodontists today.