Most people choose to undergo orthodontic treatment for aesthetic reasons. But it's good to know that there are health benefits to having straight teeth, too! Here, our orthodontist explains what they are.
Having straight teeth can contribute to a having a more attractive smile, but it also has a positive impact on your health.
Straight teeth last longer than crooked teeth.
Chewing and biting create significant pressure, and when teeth are uneven, that pressure is not evenly distributed. The result is that certain teeth and areas of your mouth are subjected to more pressure and stress than they should be. The uneven pressure can lead to fractures along the edges of the teeth, chipped teeth and notching at the gum line.
In turn, this weakens your teeth, making them more susceptible to gum disease and decay.
Straight teeth reduce the risk of jaw problems.
The temporomandibular joints are the hinge joints that connect your jaw to your skull. When these joints are strained by an uneven bite, it can result in jaw pain, ringing in the ears, headaches, earaches or dizziness.
Straight teeth make preventing cavities and periodontal disease easier.
Simply put, straight teeth are just easier to clean than crooked ones. When teeth are uneven there are more crevices where bacteria and plaque can build up. These areas tend to be difficult to access with a toothbrush and floss. As a result, periodontal disease and cavities can form in these areas despite your best efforts at oral hygiene.