People often think of straight teeth as having purely cosmetic benefits, but this is wrong. Straight teeth are the foundation of good oral health, and can also improve the health of other areas of the body.
Here is a simple guide to why straight teeth are better for your health and the difference they can make to you, your self-confidence, and your health and well-being.
They Are Easier To Clean
Crooked teeth or crowded teeth are very difficult to completely clean, and this creates ‘pockets’ in the mouth of plaque and tartar that lead to tooth decay.
Straight teeth are much easier to clean and floss, making them much less likely to suffer from plaque, tartar, and tooth decay. The bristles of a toothbrush can also easily clean between teeth along the gum line to remove debris that can cause gum disease.
Dentists can help people get straight teeth to improve their oral health in a number of ways. The team at Corn Market Dental have lots of experience in helping people to get straighter teeth, and they can work with you to create a dental plan to improve your oral health.
Food Is Easier To Chew
When teeth are crooked or you have teeth missing, it can affect the way you chew your food. This can cause digestion problems, and the mouth is the first phase of food digestion. When it is not chewed enough or broken down into smaller pieces this places extra demand on the rest of the digestive system.
In time, this can lead to a number of problems in the stomach and the intestines including irritable bowel syndrome. Straight teeth allow people to chew their food more completely, easing pressure on the rest of the digestive system.
Poor chewing can also damage teeth and increase the amount of wear and tear they go through. Having straight teeth reduces this damage and will help to maintain a healthier mouth throughout your lifetime.
They Prevent Jaw Pain
Crooked and crowded teeth cause people to over-extend or alter their jaw movements when they are eating, drinking, or talking. Crowded teeth can also cause added pressure on the gums and surrounding teeth which can cause pain in the jaw over time.
This can lead to even more problems including persistent headaches, ear pain, neck pain, and ringing in the ears. Having straight teeth prevents this pain. It realigns the jaw and makes talking and eating easier, and over time can help repair damage to jaw muscles caused by having crooked or crowded teeth.
Straight Teeth Boost Confidence
The biggest benefit that comes from having straight teeth is the boost in self-confidence and self-esteem that comes with them.
Many people who have crooked teeth feel very self-conscious about them. This will cause them to smile less and even become more withdrawn in social situations as they do not want to draw attention to themselves or to their teeth.
When their teeth are straightened this often changes almost immediately, and people see huge changes in their attitude, confidence, and their quality of life.
Straight teeth can bring enormous health benefits to people with crooked and crowded teeth. They can also make a huge change to how they see themselves and how they feel in social situations.