At Aesthetic Family Dentistry, we work to create beautiful, healthy smiles for all of our patients. In many cases, patients want to get their teeth straightened for aesthetic reasons. What you may not know is that by straightening your teeth, you are not only coming away with a great smile, you are also contributing to the overall health of your mouth.
The truth is that when you have straight teeth they are easier to clean. When you don’t have enough space between your teeth from crowding, this can result in hard-to-reach areas for your toothbrush and floss. Crowded teeth may result in a hiding place for extra food debris, which can increase your chances for bacteria and plaque. Because it is so difficult to brush and floss when you have crowding, it may result in you not doing those things as often. Forgetting to brush and floss can lead to gum inflammation and bacteria, among other things. Having straight teeth allows you to get an even brush and floss more often which contributes to a healthier mouth.
On the other hand, having too much space between teeth can also result in a number of issues. When food is able to lodge between two teeth, cavities and gum disease are more likely to occur. Once you have straightened your teeth, your gums will fit more comfortably and securely around each individual tooth, preventing bits of food from settling between your teeth.
Chewing and speaking patterns are also affected positively when your teeth are straightened. When your teeth are not aligned, you increase your chances of chipping a tooth. Children, teens and adults of all ages can reap the benefits of having clear speech.
Lastly, teeth that are aligned can cause less stress on the bones that support your mouth, such as your jaw. This could result in surgical procedures to fix these issues.
When you make the choice to have your teeth straightened, not only will you be able to walk around with a smile you are proud of, you will be contributing to the overall health of your mouth, bones, and teeth.