It can seem that crooked smile can only affect your appearance. That misaligned teeth can make you feel insecure about showing off your smile. While your confidence is important, crooked teeth can also cause harm to your health. Straightening your teeth can make them less susceptible to breakage or tooth decay. Straighter teeth can be easier to clean, which can decrease your risk of gum disease and oral health issues. Crooked teeth can lead to speech impediments and/or frequent headaches. If you have teeth that are crooked or misaligned, straightening them can lead to improved health.
Decreased Risk of TMJ or Bruxism
Teeth that are not properly aligned can lead to bruxism, the grinding of your teeth. Grinding your teeth often happens while you are sleeping. Bruxism can cause your teeth, mouth, jaw, and head to hurt. The friction from grinding can create tiny fractures in your teeth, which can leave them susceptible to breakage and decay. Bruxism can also lead to an increased risk of developing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ disorder can cause pain in your jaw, mouth, neck, and shoulders. It can also lead to jaw popping or locking. Straightening your teeth can limit your chances of grinding your teeth.
Reduced Risk of Tooth Damage
Crowded or protruding teeth are more likely to be damaged during the event of blunt force. Teeth that are not aligned correctly can sustain more wear and tear from daily functions, which can weaken them over time. Straight teeth are more formidable against accidents and through everyday use.
Improved Oral Hygiene
Overcrowded teeth can create tight nooks and crannies where food, drink, and bacteria can hide. These hiding spots can be elusive to dental floss or a toothbrush. Hiding bacteria can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Straighter teeth can be easier to clean because there are fewer pockets for bacteria to hide and thrive.
Can a straighter smile improve your health?
Ask Dr. Cabal about treatment options to straighten your smile. To schedule a consultation with Lake Country Orthodontics, call (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.