Why straight teeth?
7 benefits of having a straight smile
We all want to have a straight and beautiful smile. However, most of us don't understand the real benefits of having straight teeth. Having an even smile is more than just looking good. There are plenty of dental, medical, and psychological benefits to having straight teeth. Here are the top 7 benefits of straightening your smile:
(1) Looking good
There's no question that having a beautiful smile has a big impact on how others perceive you. After all, your smile is the first thing that others notice about you. We define a beautiful smile as having the following characteristics:
- Straight teeth
- White teeth
- A full set of teeth (no gaps!)
You can achieve a straight smile using clear aligner technology or braces. For a whiter smile consider using teeth whitening products or ask your dentist about professional teeth whitening options. Lastly, if you have missing teeth, you need to replace them with prosthetic teeth. Talk to your dentist about tooth replacement options using bridges and dental implants to get your full set of teeth back!
(2) Feeling good
Having crooked teeth reduces your self-confidence. Sadly, people with crooked teeth smile less often, don't take as man pictures, and are constantly worried about being judged by their flawed smile. Some people learn to maneuver their lips or tilt their heads in such a manner to hide their smiles. Straightening your smile can definitely improve your quality of life and it has a huge impact on your overall confidence.
(3) Healthier teeth
Having crooked teeth makes it more difficult to brush and floss your teeth. As a result, people with crowded teeth are at a much higher risk of developing dental cavities and tooth infections. Crooked teeth are particularly susceptible to developing cavities in-between the teeth (known as interproximal cavities). Straightening your smile makes it easier to maintain adequate oral hygiene. As a result, you're likely to reduce your chances of developing dental cavities after you straighten your smile.
(4) Healthier gums
Having straight teeth can also protect your gums. Teeth that are pressed tightly against one another are more difficult to clean. Similarly, gap teeth contribute to food trap and lead to bone loss. This increases your likelihood of developing gum disease as you age. Gum disease causes your teeth to become sensitive, loose, and possibly infected. Many people who end up losing all of their teeth, lose them as a result of gum disease precipitated by crooked teeth. Straightening your smile helps improve your gum health. This helps you clean your teeth better to improve your gum health so you can keep your teeth!
(5) Fresh breath
Straightening your smile could also mean saying goodbye to stinky breath. This is because crooked teeth gather more plaque and tartar. This plaque and tartar buildup causes you to develop bad breath, also known as halitosis. Unfortunately, many people with bad breath aren't even aware that they're suffering from halitosis. So how can you tell if you have persistent bad breath? Here are a few ways to check if you suffer from bad breath:
- You feel a persistent foul taste in your mouth
- Put your hands on your mouth and exhale forcibly to see if you can smell a foul odor
- Someone may have hinted at your bad breath
- If you're suffering from severe dry mouth then you're very likely to be suffering from halitosis as well
Luckily, there's a simple solution for many of you who are suffering from halitosis: straighten your smile! Straightening your smile can actually fix your bad breath by making it easier to clean your teeth and gums. When you straighten your teeth you gather less plaque and tartar on your teeth. This can reduce, or even eliminate, your bad breath problem. So stop buying TicTacs and Listerine and save up for clear aligners or braces instead!
(6) Protect your bite
Did you know that the average person chews 250,000 times a year? That's a lot of chewing! Grinders, clenchers, and stress-cases place 3 to 6 times as much force on their teeth. All this stress and pressure can damage your teeth. Suffering from a poor bite relationship increases the pressure that is exerted onto your teeth. Consequently, people with a poor bite relationship are much more likely to have trouble with their teeth as they age. Teeth can handle so much stress before they start cracking and falling apart. Putting more and more pressure onto your teeth can lead to some bad things:
- Your teeth start to crack and break
- Dental restorations, such as fillings and crowns, start to fail
- Your front teeth chip, crack, and become worn down
- Your back teeth become flat and lose their chewing efficiency
Having straight teeth helps improve your bite relationship. As a result, you'll spend much less time and money fixing your teeth in your golden years.
AND THE FINAL REASON TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR SMILE ...
(7) Protect your head and neck
Having a poor bite relationship does more than damage your teeth and fillings. A poor bite relationship can strain your head and neck muscles, tendons, and joints. This leads to muscle fatigue and pain which leads to headaches and migraines. Another common side-effects of a poor bite relationship is over-stressing your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) which leads to tension migraines. Correcting your bite relationship helps reduce the stress onto your muscles and joints. This could reduce, or even eliminate, your head and neck problems caused by an uneven bite relationship.
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