We all know that straight teeth look great but is that their only benefit? When considering whether or not to have their teeth straightened, people often make excuses like “My teeth don’t look that bad.” However, even if the appearance of your smile doesn’t bother you, you are still at risk for negative conditions that arise through crooked teeth. By learning about their unseen benefits, the importance of straight teeth becomes clear.
Easier to Clean
It’s hard enough to keep up with brushing and flossing but it’s even worse when you have crooked teeth. Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean because the teeth overlap, trapping food particles. Tartar and plaque accumulate in these areas that the bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach. With straight teeth, there are fewer hard-to-reach places so you can keep them clean with less effort.
Lower Risk For Gum Disease
Because it’s easier to brush properly, having straighter teeth can also result in a lower risk for gum disease. When plaque, tartar and bacteria build up, the risk for gum disease is much higher. Gum disease can lead to worse conditions like heart disease and can even contribute to diabetes. Oral bacterias can also enter your bloodstream and negatively impact the inner lining of blood vessels.
Avoid Tooth Loss
With a greater chance of periodontal disease and tooth decay, crooked teeth are more likely to experience tooth loss. Being that most adults already lose at least one tooth in their lifetime, it’s important to do everything you can to avoid tooth loss. Fixing crooked teeth is a great way to do this.
When there are gaps between teeth, the jawbone is exposed. Over time, it will weaken and wear down, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. With straight teeth, your jaw is protected from this problem.
Misaligned teeth contribute to improper bites as well as teeth grinding. Both a crooked bite and teeth grinding are common causes for headaches. By fixing your smile, you can significantly reduce how often you get these types of headaches.
Avoid Chipped Teeth
Straight teeth are aligned in away that the pressure from your bite goes along the axis of your teeth instead of adding pressure from the side. This reduces the likelihood that your teeth will become chipped or worn down, leaving you with a perfect smile for years to come.
Many people are unaware just how important straight teeth are to your digestive system. Chewing does more than just make it easier to swallow food. It breaks down the food and brings enzymes from your saliva, making it easier for your digestive system to do its job. This means you are getting more nutrients from your food than if you had crooked teeth.
There are several types of speech impediments and some of them can be caused by crooked teeth. Certain words can be hard to pronounce when you have a gap in your front teeth. Fixing your teeth can make this much easier, resulting in better speech overall.
Smile With Confidence
Did you know that smiling more has been shown to actually make someone happier? When you are self-conscious about your crooked teeth, you probably won’t smile as much as you would with straight teeth. Straighter teeth come with a boost of confidence that could make you a happier person overall.
Straight Teeth in No Time
If you are looking to obtain a perfect smile, consider Invisalign plastic aligners. Holistic Dental Center offers exceptional holistic and biological dentistry with surgical expertise in a friendly, home-like environment. We can give you a beautiful smile with Invisalign and so much more. For the very best in holistic dentistry, contact us today.