“Why should my teeth be straightened?” Or “Why my wrong bite should be fixed?” are reasonable questions often asked by the patient to the dentist.
Whether you are young or old, there is never a bad time to invest in the health of your teeth. As technology advances, there are now more options than ever to give you a visually appealing look while still providing you with the teeth straightening you seek. Malocclusion (wrong bite) and misaligned teeth are more than a cosmetic issue. It affects the ability to chew and bite down efficiently, and also affects the health of your mouth in many ways.
Here are some reasons why you should straighten your teeth:
1. STRAIGHT TEETH ARE HEALTHIER TEETH
Teeth wear naturally over time due to age, but crooked and/or crowded teeth wear more rapidly than a well-aligned smile. It’s important to keep your teeth healthy so that you can function and eat with ease, and continue to do so for a long time. Straighter teeth is one of the best ways to do that!
2. STRAIGHT TEETH ARE CLEANER TEETH
The straighter your teeth are, the easier they are to clean. Inefficient cleaning implies more cavities, potential root canal treatment and more involved dental treatment. The more crowding and crooked the teeth are, more food gets collected in and around them. Brushing and flossing are tougher to perform around crooked and crowded teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly not only helps you to keep your teeth cleaner and avoid cavities, but also keeps bacteria away from your gums, which can lead to periodontitis (also known as gum disease). You may have trouble reaching some surfaces of your crooked teeth with your toothbrush or fitting floss between your crowded teeth, which contributes to both cavities and gum disease. Straight teeth are much easier to clean and are at a lower risk for developing gum disease.
3. CROOKED TEETH AFFECT JAW ALIGNMENT
Temporomandibular disorders (known as TMD’s) occur when the upper and lower jaw do not meet comfortably and can result in chronic pain. A misaligned jaw and crooked teeth can lead to clenching and/or teeth grinding. The force of grinding or clenching your crooked teeth can lead to neck and ear pain, as well as headaches. If left untreated, pain from TMD can become debilitating. Straightening your teeth can help with long-term stability and comfort and help you correct the teeth clenching or grinding habit before it leads to TMD and becomes a serious impairment.
4. STRAIGHT TEETH HELP YOU HAVE A MORE ATTRACTIVE AND CONFIDENT SMILE!
The number one reason people get their teeth straightened is for appearances. Crooked teeth might be something you are embarrassed about. That can wear on your confidence and cause you to smile less. A smile you can feel proud of leads to higher self-esteem and that benefits your social and professional success. Smiling is contagious!
Now is the time to straighten your smile!
We are passionate about providing multiple teeth straightening solutions to our patients.
1. TRADITIONAL BRACES/CERAMIC BRACES:
As dental technology continues to advance, the option for braces has become extremely viable and more comfortable. Today’s metal brackets are designed smaller with advanced materials for a more efficient, comfortable treatment.
Ceramic braces, clear brackets, are not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The clear brackets blend with the natural tooth reducing the appearance of the braces while providing the same efficiency in straightening teeth as traditional braces.
Ever since the idea of retainer-like devices for straightening teeth came out, the popularity of them has increased. Invisalign provides the patient with a virtually invisible teeth-straightening solution. These aligners are similar to whitening trays, and can often be worn without anyone even noticing them.
One of the great parts of this process is that the aligners are removable, so you can drink, eat, floss, and brush just as you normally would.
The treatment plan is mapped out with your dentist and includes receiving a new aligner every few weeks in order to straighten teeth. Each aligner is custom fit with digital scans and precision technology for the most accurate treatment possible.
Schedule an appointment with us today to get started on your journey to a straighter, healthier smile!