Teeth straightening is a common procedure, and many people think of it as being a cosmetic one. While it is true that there are cosmetic benefits to having your teeth straightened there are other benefits too. Improving your confidence and having a tidy-looking, straight smile is just one benefit to straightening your teeth.
A Better Bite
Straight teeth will give you a better bite. This can be important when you are eating ‘difficult’ foods which require a lot of chewing. Having straight teeth means that eating is less effort. You will need to use fewer muscles to chew your food, and your teeth will move in a more natural way. When your teeth are not straight they will grind against each other as you eat. This puts additional stress on the enamel and can mean that you are more likely to suffer from tooth decay.
Improved Oral Health
Straight teeth are much easier to clean. The importance of brushing and flossing should not be underestimated. If your teeth are not straight then it can be hard to perform these tasks properly and this can lead to a build-up of plaque and tartar in hard-to-reach places. It also increases your risk of cavities and gum disease. It is much easier to properly brush and floss when your teeth are in better alignment.
Improved Overall Health
Studies show that the health of your teeth and gums can impact your overall health. If you have gum disease, then there is the risk of bacteria getting into your bloodstream via your gums, and this can have a serious impact on your overall health. This is one of the reasons that dentists place so much importance on gum health. As strange as it sounds, straight, clean teeth could help you to live longer.
If you’re interested in achieving these benefits of having straight teeth then give Hidden Smiles Orthodontics a call to learn more about just how easy it is to fix crooked or crowded teeth.