Why straight teeth?
7 benefits of having a straight smile:
We all want to have straight teeth and a beautiful smile. However, few realize the actual benefits of having straight teeth. Having straight teeth goes beyond good looks. There are plenty of dental, medical, and psychological benefits to having a straight smile. Let's take a look at 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 anyone notices about you. Most people define having a beautiful smile as meeting the following criteria:
- 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, you should consider using OTC teeth whitening products or you can ask your dentist about professional teeth whitening options they offer. Lastly, if you have missing teeth, you need to replace them with some sort of 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 can certainly reduce your self-confidence. Sadly, people with crooked teeth tend to smile less often, don't take as many pictures, and are constantly worried about being judged by their flawed smile. Some even learn to maneuver their lips or tilt their heads in such a manner to hide their smiles. Straightening your smile can improve your quality of life and have a huge impact on your overall confidence.
(3) Healthier teeth
Crooked teeth trap more food particles. They are also more difficult to brush and floss. As a result, people with crowded teeth are at higher risk of developing dental cavities and tooth infection. Crooked teeth are particularly susceptible to developing cavities in-between the teeth (known as interproximal cavities). Straightening your smile makes it easier to maintain proper oral hygiene. As a result, you're less likely to develop dental cavities and other tooth related problems.
(4) Healthier gums
Having straight teeth also protects your gums. Teeth that are pressed tightly against one another are more difficult to clean. Similarly, having gaps in-between your teeth can also contribute to food getting trapped. These increase your likelihood of developing gum disease. 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 having crooked teeth. Straightening your smile helps you clean your teeth better so that you can keep your teeth in old age.
(5) Fresh breath
Straightening your smile could also mean saying goodbye to having stinky breath! Crooked teeth gather more plaque and tartar that can cause you to develop bad breath, also known as halitosis. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from bad breath aren't even aware that they have halitosis. Here are a few ways to test to see if you suffer from bad breath:
- 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
- You feel a persistent foul taste in your mouth
- If you're suffering from dry mouth then you're very likely to have halitosis as well
Luckily, there's a simple solution for many of you who are suffering from halitosis: straighten your smile! Straightening your teeth fixes your bad breath by making it easier to clean your teeth and gums. When you straighten your teeth you gather less plaque and tartar. This can reduce, or even eliminate, your bad breath problem. Stop buying TicTacs and swishing with Listerine and start saving up for clear aligners or braces instead!
(6) Protect your bite
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 slowly damage your teeth. 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, for example:
- Teeth start to crack and break
- Your dental restorations, such as fillings and crowns, start to fail
- The front teeth chip, crack and become worn down
- The back teeth become flat and their chewing efficiency diminishes
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 run into trouble with their teeth as they age. Having straight teeth helps improve your bite relationship to reduce the pressure on your teeth. As a result, you're likely to spend less time and money fixing your teeth during 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. A poor bite relationship can also strain your head and neck muscles, tendons, and joints. This leads to muscle fatigue and pain which causes headaches and migraines. Another common side-effect of having a poor bite relationship is over-stressing your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) which leads to tension migraines. Straightening your smile helps reduce the stress onto your muscles and joints to eliminate head and neck problems resulting from an uneven bite relationship.
WANT EVEN MORE REASONS TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR SMILE?
Teeth straightening is more affordable than ever before!
Straightening your smile no longer has to cost a fortune. You can now straighten your smile by purchasing clear aligners remotely. Companies like SmileDirectClub™ and Candid Co.™ offer teeth straightening solutions for around $2,000. Keep in mind, only the simplest orthodontic cases qualify for remote clear aligner treatment. You can also straighten your teeth at the local dentist for around $2,000 if you qualify for Even28 at-home™ clear aligners. Another solution is to straighten your smile using Invisalign® or braces. While more expensive, Invisalign® and braces are the best solutions for more complex tooth movements. Keep in mind, a single dental implant or root canal and crown is likely to cost you more than straightening your smile costs. Use our dentist Search Engine to find a great dentist near you and start your journey towards the smile of your dreams today!