While the cosmetic benefits of straightening your smile cannot be denied, straightening your teeth can be very beneficial to your smile’s health. A misaligned crooked smile can collect more bacteria, which leaves it more susceptible to decay and gum disease. A misaligned smile is also susceptible to damage and can create problems for your jaw’s function. Straightening your smile with orthodontic treatment can help prevent some of these problems, while also making you feel more confident in your smile’s appearance.
Stronger Defense Against Decay
When teeth are overlapping or crowded, they can create pockets where harmful bacteria can hide. Crooked teeth can be hard to keep clean because some the areas can be hard to access with a toothbrush or floss. Bacteria that is left behind hiding from oral hygiene can be left to attack the teeth and gums, which is what causes tooth decay and gum disease.
Along with creating traps for harmful bacteria, overlapping teeth can become more susceptible to damage. When biting or chewing, the teeth can bump into each other to create cracks or damage. Misalignment can also create excessive strain on the jaw, which can eventually lead to the development of TMJ disorder. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder affects the joints of your jaw that allow your jaw to move. TMJ disorder can lead to pain in your face, neck, and head, can make moving your jaw more difficult, and popping or locking of the jaw.
Increased Confidence in Your Smile
Your smile’s health is the most important reason to straighten your teeth, but improving your smile’s appearance can be an added bonus. If a crooked smile makes you feel self-conscious, straightening your teeth can lead to increased confidence. Feeling self-assured with your smile can spread to other areas of your life like your career and relationships.
Straightening your smile can improve the health of it
There are some important benefits to straightening your teeth. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics at (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.