Are Straight Teeth a Necessity?

Are Straight Teeth a Necessity?

It may surprise you that the benefits of having straight and properly aligned teeth are far greater than just having a healthy and confident smile. Numerous studies have shown that people
tend to perceive someone with straight teeth as wealthier, happier, and more dateable than someone with crooked teeth. According to the American Dental Association straight teeth can also significantly affect
your overall dental health. We have listed some other important benefits of straight teeth….

Challenges Of Crooked Teeth

Easier Cleaning

One of the biggest challenges to crooked teeth is effective cleaning. When teeth are crooked, overlap each other, or are misaligned they can become much harder to clean with brushing and flossing. When the teeth
are not cleaned properly they immediately become more vulnerable to other dental issues such as tooth decay.

Difficulty with Clear Speech

Many of the common teeth alignment problems such as under bites and severe overbites can directly interfere with a person’s ability to speak clearly. These alignment issues lead to lisps and other distortions in
articulation.

Interfere With Healthy Digestion

Chewing is the first part of the digestion process. As we chew our food our saliva breaks down the food particles on a chemical level while our teeth physically grind and break the food apart into smaller pieces.
Crooked or misaligned teeth can make it difficult and sometimes even impossible to break this food down into smaller pieces. When we swallow bigger pieces of food the rest of our digestive system has to work extra hard
to continue to break the food particles down. The extra work on the rest of the digestive system can lead to a number of unpleasant GI consequences and has even been shown to make it harder to lose weight!

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.

Interferes With Breathing

Mouth breathing is yet another consequence of crooked or misaligned teeth. If ones teeth do not fit comfortably together they will usually find themselves keeping them apart instead of fully closing their jaw
when resting. This leads to mouth breathing. Mouth breathing is directly related to two oral health concerns such as chronic bad breath and dry mouth.

Jaw Problems

Problems with your jaw can cause temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Common symptoms include jaw pain, problems when you try to open your mouth, clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth and trouble
chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite.

Do Your Teeth Need Straightening?

Nearly 75 percent of American adults are affected by some form of crooked or misaligned teeth. These are common dental issues, but like many other dental issues can cause serious problems if left untreated.
We would love to assist you if you think you could benefit from treatment. In the meantime, keep brushing, flossing, and scheduling your regular dental appointments!

You deserve the best smile!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.