Benefits of Straight Teeth
The benefit of straight teeth is not only for aesthetics. Straight teeth also help to promote tooth and gum health. Due to advancements in orthodontics, several options are available for teeth straightening with high-quality results. Listed below are several benefits of orthodontic work to straighten teeth:
When teeth fit together correctly, in the correct occlusion, the risk of tooth wear is significantly reduced. When teeth bite together at the wrong angle or spot, over time wear will occur in the area. Cusps of teeth must fit into crannies of opposing teeth, and if the occlusion is off, the teeth will wear down slowly. This can even lead to jaw pain and headaches. When the occlusion between the upper teeth and the lower teeth is correct, the teeth fit together , and pressure is dispersed throughout the jaw when biting and chewing.
The most notable benefit of straight teeth is the improvement to facial aesthetics. Teeth in proper alignment look nice when talking and smiling. Also, when the occlusion is off, it can actually change the shape of the face. Teeth with extreme overbite can make the lower jaw and chin look unpronounced, and underbite can make the chin look overly pronounced. With the use of elastics and bands, braces can actually change the position of the jaw and allow teeth to be in the ideal occlusion.
Reduce cavity risk
Straight teeth are easier to clean. When teeth are rotated and overlapped, more nooks and crannies exist where plaque bacteria can build up. Even with proper brushing and flossing, some areas may be difficult to clean out and have a higher risk of forming a cavity. Straighter teeth allow for easier cleaning and lower cavity risk.
Improve gum health
Just like how misaligned teeth can cause cavities, they can also result in gum disease. Because misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean, the build-up of plaque bacteria can cause gum inflammation that may potentially lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. Also, gum recession can occur in areas with crowding due to difficulty with brushing.
Decreased risk of took injury
When the occlusion is off, or the jaws are not aligned, tooth injury may be more likely from trauma. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to damage, and misaligned teeth are more vulnerable to chips and fractures.
If you are interested in straightening your teeth or have any questions about options, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment. We offer Invisalign treatment which uses clear aligner trays to gradually move your teeth into place without metal braces. Learn more about Invisalign.