While many people have orthodontic treatment for cosmetic purposes, there are actually quite a few reasons to align your teeth that may surprise you! Actually, a crooked smile could also possibly be harming your health. Here are just a few oral health issues that you could avoid by straightening your teeth.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Crooked and overlapping teeth make it difficult for your dental floss and the bristles of your toothbrush to reach the nooks and crannies between your teeth. If the obstructed areas don’t get a thorough cleaning, the bacteria buildup can lead to cavities over time.
When teeth are misaligned, they don’t always fit tightly into your gums. Gaps at the gum line leave pockets for bacteria to grow and eventually turn into plaque. Left unchecked, plaque will lead to an infection of the gums called gingivitis and eventually the more serious disease known as periodontitis.
Crooked teeth can keep your bite from aligning properly. The stress of the pressure inflicted by misaligned teeth can lead to TMJ issues, jaw pain, and even headaches. In addition, the extra strain on the teeth and muscles of the jaw can lead to increased risk of breaking a tooth.
Wearing of the Enamel
When your bite doesn’t fit together properly, it interferes with proper chewing functions. Protruding teeth on the bottom may rub against upper teeth when you chew, and over time this can wear down protective dental enamel, leaving your teeth exposed to bacteria and cavities.
When misaligned teeth prevent proper brushing and flossing, bacteria can build up over time. As a result, these lingering bacteria in your mouth cause halitosis, or bad breath.
Lack of Self-Confidence
While there are serious health reasons to consider when deciding whether or not to straighten your teeth, don’t ignore the idea of your confidence. Being self-conscious about your smile also can have a negative effect on your happiness and emotional well-being.
What Can I Do?
If you’re experiencing pain or problems from crooked teeth, or if you’re interested in straightening out your smile once and for all, consult with your dentist at Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics. There are a number of options for treating crooked teeth. Braces are a standard, tried and true option, and more discrete devices like Invisalign and Express Smiles are also available to you. Whatever your needs, consult with your dentist to help you determine the best orthodontic option for you.
To set up an appointment and discuss your orthodontic options, be sure to call Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics of Mt. Olive today!