We all want healthy teeth, especially beautiful and white teeth, but how important is it for them to be straight too?
They look better, obviously, but are there any benefits beyond simple aesthetics? You might be surprised to discover just how many benefits of straight teeth there are.
Our teeth are a key part of our physical appearance, and if they are crooked it can severely damage our self-confidence. After all, it’ll be one of the first things people notice when you talk to them.
Although we’re going to go on to talk about some genuine health problems that can occur from not having straight teeth, the negative impact on a person’s self esteem and mental well being should not be underestimated.
Easier to clean
If your teeth are straight it is much easier to brush and floss, as there shouldn’t be any gaps that you’re unable to get to.
As a result, people with straight teeth are at much less risk of contracting gum disease which, believe it or not, can actually contribute to heart disease and even diabetes. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream via the mouth and impact on blood vessels as well as the brain.
Avoid tooth loss
The most common cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease and tooth decay, and as both of these things can be largely avoided by keeping your teeth nice and clean, it follows that having straight teeth can help to avoid it.
Maintaining a healthy jaw
When you have gaps in your teeth, the part of the jawbone where they’re missing becomes weaker, and this can lead to further tooth loss around that area.
This might seem far-fetched, but believe it or not, not having straight teeth can actually contribute to headaches. When your teeth don’t align properly, it contributes to teeth grinding and ‘bad bites’ and both of which can cause headaches.
Avoid chips and cracks
Teeth that are misaligned can get chipped and cracked much more easily than straight teeth.
If the pressure of the bite is evenly distributed over the long axis of the teeth they are less likely to be damaged than if that pressure comes in from the side.
Speak more clearly
Many people with diastema (gaps in their teeth) are unable to pronounce words as clearly as those with straight teeth, and may experience a whistling sound when trying to say certain words.
Not being able to speak clearly can significantly affect people’s self esteem, while correcting crooked teeth could help to resolve psychological causes of problems such as stuttering.
If you suffer from diastema or crooked teeth and would like to find out what your options are, feel free to get in touch with the team here at Smile Pad by phone, alternatively you can complete our online contact form.