While many people want straight teeth for aesthetic reasons, there are also several oral health benefits of straight teeth. When you visit us for your orthodontic treatment, we’ll examine you first to determine which is the best route for your care. We offer traditional braces, Invisalign, FastBraces®, or other clear aligners. Whichever is right for you, you’ll discover some amazing benefits from having a straighter smile.
- Your teeth are easier to clean.
When you have crooked teeth, brushing and flossing can be a challenge. It may be more difficult to find all those places bacteria can hide. Or if you have gaps between your teeth, it also can cause problems with bacteria and food particles. With straight teeth, it’s much easier to brush and floss. As a result, you are also far more likely to maintain healthier oral care habits too.
- Your gums are healthier.
When your teeth become easier to brush and floss, your gums benefit too. You’ll be able to easily get to your gumline with your floss. Your gums fit around your teeth better too. As a result, you reduce your risk for gum disease, which can lead to other oral health and physical health problems.
- You reduce the wear and tear on your teeth.
Crooked teeth can often lead to alignment problems which can increase the wear and tear on certain teeth. This is because your bite is off, so more teeth are getting the pressure than others. Once fixed, you have a more distributed bite, which leads to better oral health and less chance of dental damage.
- You can stop the pain of TMJ and teeth grinding.
Alignment problems can often cause teeth-grinding habits and TMJ problems. Your TMJ or temporomandibular joint is right below your ears where your jaw bone starts. TMJ can cause symptoms like headaches, jaw pain, and teeth grinding. When you address alignment issues, this can eliminate your TMJ disorder and relieve you of your pain.
- You have clearer speech.
When your teeth are straight, your speech is improved. Certain words and sounds utilize your front teeth to say properly. When those teeth aren’t straight or protruding, this can cause those words to sound funny, and even cause a whistling noise. As a result of your orthodontic treatment, you’ll be able to talk clearer.