Having straight teeth used to be a matter of luck and genetics. If your teeth grew in straight, and you avoided losing one or more throughout your adult life, you were among the fortunate few. These days, ther are various options for people wanting to straighten their crooked teeth. As you weigh the pros and cons to decide if the process is worth it, here are some facts to keep in mind.
The fact is that virtually nobody is born with perfect teeth or an ideal bite. A fair number of people have teeth that are misaligned. An overbite is common; Less common is an underbite. In some patients when the permanent teeth start to erupt, they may push the other permanent teeth out of place. Overall, there are numerous reasons why someone’s bite can get out of proper alignment.
Problems with Misaligned Teeth
The problems of misaligned teeth go far beyond the undesirable physical appearance of crooked teeth. Generally, there is always some measure of pain and discomfort when teeth are not aligned properly. For one thing, children with crooked teeth have a tendency to bite more frequently the inner surfaces of their mouths while chewing. This is can be painful; even worse, the area around the bite can swell, making it more likely that they will accidentally injure themselves again in the same place.
Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Over time, this can lead to gum disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems.
Misaligned teeth can also cause premature tooth wear on the surfaces of the teeth as these surfaces grind against each other.
There are different orthodontic services available that offer many benefits to patients, especially children, with crooked teeth.
You may be surprised that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. Think about it — a smile can hardly be perfect if it’s not a healthy one.
Fortunately, having a confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand.
Having Straight Teeth Makes Cleaning Easier
When your teeth are straight, they are easier to clean. There are fewer hard-to-reach areas and your toothbrush bristles can contact all the surfaces that need to be brushed. Plus, flossing is more likely to dislodge food particles completely when your teeth are properly spaced. In contrast, crowded teeth provide an ideal hiding place for food debris, which serves as a breeding ground for bacteria. As this biofilm accumulates, it hardens into plaque and eventually tarter that is very difficult to remove. This process doesn’t take long. Biofilm starts to “set” within 48 hours and can turn into tarter within just a couple of weeks. When you have crooked, crowded teeth, your dentist may have to work longer and harder to remove plaque — even if you brush regularly.
Oral and General Health Benefits of
Because crooked and crowded teeth are difficult to clean, they are more prone to developing cavities. Constant contact with bacteria is also bad for your gums. Gingivitis (inflammation caused by bacteria trapped in pockets between the gums and the teeth) is a common problem for patients with crooked teeth. Gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, which affects the gums, connective tissues and even the jaw bone surrounding and supporting your teeth. Advanced periodontitis can result in tooth loss. The chronic oral infection of periodontitis is also linked to serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Straight Teeth Lessen Discomfort and
Ideally, your top and bottom teeth should line up with each other to provide the most efficient biting and chewing function without causing excessive wear. When you get your teeth straightened to properly align your bite, you cut down on the amount of stress your teeth experience. This leads to a longer and healthier lifespan for your teeth. It can also help alleviate some forms of chronic jaw pain that are linked to having a misaligned bite.
Aesthetic and Social Benefits of Straight Teeth
The most important emotional/psychological reason to get your teeth straightened is to feel good about your smile. Both kids and adults generally feel better about their appearance after undergoing a successful tooth straightening treatment. People who are shy about smiling, laughing or having their photo taken can be more relaxed knowing that their teeth look straight and even.
Give the Gift of Confidence This Holiday Season
Perhaps underestimated, is the psychological advantage that comes with having straight teeth and a beautiful smile. Especially during the self-conscious adolescent years, an attractive smile can contribute to increased self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image. It is not unusual to see a shy or timid young patient “blossom” as a result of dental braces and orthodontic treatment. The advantage of a pleasing smile is an asset at any age, however. It is no surprise that a beautiful, confident smile can improve a person’s general attitude toward life and contribute to their overall well-being. If someone you love has misaligned teeth, schedule an appointment with the orthodontist today to learn how the problem can be resolved.
For more information on available options to correct misaligned teeth, please call Stansbury Orthodontics at 606-329-9702 today.
Dr. Stansbury is a leading board certified orthodontist offering quality care in a friendly, welcoming environment. Stansbury Orthodontics is committed to providing each patient with state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment at a price that fits every budget. Whether you are looking for the best Invisalign, clear braces or early treatment for your child, Dr. Stansbury has an orthodontic treatment option that is right for you! Dr. Stansbury is always accepting new patients at his Ashland orthodontic practice. To make an appointment please contact 606-329-9702 today!