When looking in the mirror, it can seem like a crooked smile only affects your appearance or that it can make you feel insecure about showing off your smile. While confidence in your appearance is important, crooked teeth can also cause harm to your health. Straightening your teeth can make them easier to clean, which can decrease your risk of gum disease and oral health issues. Straighter teeth are less susceptible to damage. Crooked teeth can lead to frequent headaches and jaw disorder. If you have teeth that are crooked or misaligned, straightening them can improve your health.
Less Risk For Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
Overcrowded teeth can create tight crannies where food, drink, and bacteria can hide during your from your floss or toothbrush. The longer harmful bacteria stays in your mouth, the higher your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Gum disease increases your risk of stroke, heart disease, and more. Straighter teeth can be easier to clean because there are fewer places for bacteria to hide and thrive.
Less Risk of TMJ Disorder
Misaligned teeth can lead to an increased wear on your jaw and an increased chance of grinding your teeth. The friction from grinding your teeth can create tiny fractures on the surface, which can leave them susceptible to breakage and decay. Misalignment’s pressure on your jaw can lead to developing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ disorder can cause pain in your jaw, mouth, neck, face, and shoulders. It can also lead to popping or locking of your jaw. Straightening your teeth can limit your chances of grinding your teeth and developing TMJ disorder.
Less Vulnerable To Damage
Crowded or protruding teeth are more likely to be damaged because they can be sitting in more vulnerable positions. Misaligned teeth 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.
Can straightening your teeth improve your health?
Talk to Dr. Cabal about your smile and your health. 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.