How straight are your teeth? Many of us have experienced the impact of crooked teeth in our daily lives when it comes to our appearance, smile, maintenance, and self-confidence.
Crooked and misaligned teeth are common dental issues, but they can also cause serious problems if left untreated. As time passes, the situation is likely to worsen, so taking steps to correct your teeth early can save you time, money, stress, and discomfort.
A straight smile not only has a positive effect on how you feel about yourself, but it also benefits your general and dental health in several ways.
Straight Teeth Are Linked to Better Digestion
Whether you have naturally straight teeth, or they were straightened by cosmetic dentistry, they are better for chewing. The first step of the food digestion process is chewing and when you chew your food more thoroughly, it helps speed up the process. If food is not chewed properly, the stomach and the intestines must work harder resulting in poor nutrition and potential stomach issues such as an unhealthy gut.
Straight Teeth Are Easier Keep Clean and Healthy
Teeth that are either too crowded together or too widely spaced out can become red and inflamed which is a sign of periodontal disease. When your teeth are straighter, they are easy to clean. Crooked teeth make it more difficult to floss and brush properly because it is harder to get into the gaps.
Straight Teeth Improves Speech
Your teeth play an important role in your speech. If you have crowded teeth or teeth that protrude, it can affect your speaking patterns negatively. Through cosmetic dentistry, you will find out that speech will improve in an average of six months.
Straight Teeth Can Help Avoid Neck and Head Pain
When you have straight teeth, there is no excessive stress on your joints, jawbone, or gums. Crooked teeth can contribute to jaw misalignment. This will lead to chronic pain in the neck, face or even headaches. After straightening your teeth, you will notice fewer headaches and migraines as well as easier to chew food.
Straight Teeth Have Less Breaks, Chips or Cracks
Crooked teeth are prone to break or crack if you fall or have an accident. Also, your teeth can weaken because cleaning them makes it hard which could lead to cracks. Another risk is to bite your cheeks or tongue more often which can cause painful sores.
Straight Teeth have Less Wear and Tear
The straighter your teeth are, the less wear and tear you place on your teeth, gums, and jaw. Biting and chewing alone generate quite a bit of pressure. Properly aligned teeth can handle biting and chewing without problems. However, those with bite problems end up putting an excessive amount of stress on their teeth. That can lead to notching at the gum line, fractures, and even abnormal flattening of the biting surface. Not only does the damage look bad, but it increases your risk of periodontal disease and expensive dental work in the future.
Straight Teeth can Increase Self Confidence
People with crooked teeth are far less likely to smile. It can be embarrassing to show your teeth when smiling. If you have straight teeth, you will love to smile more often leading to feeling good about yourself. Smiling is a sign of confidence so crooked teeth can be the reason holding people back from living the life they deserve.
How To get Straight Teeth?
There are many options to fix crooked teeth and your dentist can advise which option can work best for you. Some of the options to get straight teeth are:
Braces work best if you have crossbite, overbite or underbite. There are 2 types of braces:
Metal braces are the traditional braces that everyone had to wear in the past which are now smaller than what most adults remember.
Ceramic braces are the same shape and size as metal braces but they are clear or tooth-coloured brackets so they can blend into your teeth.
Veneers are available as porcelain or composite veneers. They cover up imperfections using a porcelain or resin shell. Veneers look almost exactly like natural teeth and are stain resistant. Click here to check how Porcelain Veneers or Composite Veneers can work for you.
Invisalign are custom made plastic aligners that are both aesthetic and comfortable over braces. Usually, you can achieve a straight smile within two weeks. Click here to read more about Invisalign.
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