7 Benefits of Straight Teeth
For many people having nice, straight teeth is a fundamental part of having a great looking smile with literally millions of people worldwide going to great lengths to ensure that their teeth and those of their children, are straight.
But did you know that having properly aligned or straight teeth provides many more benefits than simply a beautiful smile.
7 Benefits of having straight teeth:
1. Makes teeth easier to clean
Whether using an electric or a manual toothbrush, people suffering from crooked or crossed teeth can find it difficult to clean each tooth individually as the teeth may be overlapping in some areas of their mouth. Once teeth are straightened this is no longer a problem as they will be aligned in a much more accessible way.
But it’s not just about cleaning the tooth surface, it is also important that you clean the gaps between your teeth (interdental cleaning). The inability to remove all food from between the teeth can lead to plaque build-up and eventual tooth decay.
Having straight teeth makes this much easier as the gaps in between the teeth will be more evenly spaced and easier to access. Making it easier to clean between the teeth with interdental aids, such as Curaprox Prime brushes, TEPEs, Wisdom sticks or dental floss.
2. Makes gums healthier
People with crooked teeth can find it difficult to effectively remove all the soft plaque(bacteria) at home; the gaps in between the teeth can be especially difficult to access either with floss or small interdental brushes. Plaque contains bacteria which if left on the teeth can lead to decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss.
People with naturally straight or who have their teeth straightened find they are easier to clean, allowing effective plaque removal from all surfaces of the teeth and the gaps in-between. Giving them healthier teeth and gums; and giving them much more chance of keeping their natural teeth for life.
3. Prevents abnormal tooth wear
Crowded teeth often cause one or more teeth to stick out at an angle which can rub against opposing teeth. Over time, this leads to an inefficient chewing function and can cause undue wear to tooth enamel
When the teeth are straight your bite is aligned correctly, each tooth hits properly and evenly which means it has a minimal impact and less likely to cause tooth wear.
4. Decreases risk of tooth injury
Teeth that are crooked or misaligned can push and rub up against soft tissues in the mouth. If you routinely bite your cheek or lips due to a misaligned bite, it can result in cuts, sores, infections and annoyance. Crooked teeth are weaker and teeth the protrude are more vulnerable and therefore are susceptible to damage through accidental trauma, such as falls, sports etc.
5. Fewer Headaches
It may surprise you that headaches and neck pain can be caused by not having straight teeth.
When you have crooked teeth, it means that every time you bite together, your teeth are misaligned i.e. they do not meet in the correct position. Teeth which are misaligned can place stress on your gums and the bone structure that supports your teeth. You may also chew on one side more frequently than the other. This could cause a pattern of excessive wear on certain parts of your mouth which can have implications for your jaw.
6. Improves confidence and self esteem
People that are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth, often become embarrassed and self-conscious of their smile. They frequently smile with their lips closed together and they cover their mouths when they talk or laugh.
Straightening your teeth can have a huge impact for your self-esteem and confidence.
A confident smile conveys friendliness, happiness, people feel more attractive and with this become more successful because the confidence shines through. Confidence also improves your emotional and mental health and quality of life.
Improved overall Health
Patients with crooked teeth can find it difficult to effectively remove all the soft plaque(bacteria) at home on a daily basis.
Bacteria left on the teeth can cause tooth decay (holes in teeth), bleeding gums and possible tooth loss.
There are also many studies now that link inflammation in the mouth as one of the major risk factors which can affect the rest of the body. Particularly affecting medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and lung conditions.
As straight teeth can be easier to clean, soft plaque can therefore be removed more effectively on a daily basis reducing inflammation and decreasing its impact on our overall general health
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