There are two things you can never get back: time and a first impression. And when you first meet someone, they notice your eyes, smile, and teeth. You can control your eyes to some extent, but it is practically impossible to control your teeth!
A bright, straight smile looks great, but aligned teeth have many other benefits beyond aesthetics. They can improve your oral and mental health and prevent various medical issues. We understand that many people are hesitant to get their teeth straightened. So, we’ve compiled a list of long-term health benefits to show why it’s worth it.
When your teeth are aligned, they can handle chewing and biting pressure. But if your teeth are misaligned or crooked, eating is difficult and uncomfortable because the teeth move against each other. This causes tooth wear and tear, and the enamel on the teeth erodes faster. This leads to sensitivity, pain, discoloration, or a combination of these problems. Straight teeth allow you to eat comfortably through correct chewing and biting, so every meal eaten is a joy, not a pain.
Misaligned teeth are also more likely to crack or break if you fall or have an accident. Thus, straight teeth offer more protection against chips, breakage, sores, or cracks.
Crooked or overlapping teeth are challenging to clean because they create hidden pockets where food particles can get trapped and cause plaque buildup. On the other hand, aligned teeth are easier to floss and brush because there is enough room for the bristles to get in between your teeth and clean them properly.
Teeth that are correctly aligned allow you to chew your food more effectively, which aids in digestion. Remember, chewing breaks down food so the stomach can better absorb nutrients and prevent indigestion.
When your teeth are aligned, they can handle the pressure of biting and chewing. However, if your teeth are misaligned or crooked, eating becomes difficult and painful as your teeth rub against each other. This can cause tooth wear and tear, sensitivity, pain, and discoloration. Straight teeth allow you to eat comfortably and without pain or discomfort.
Preventable Oral Problems
If your teeth are crooked, it can cause jaw problems because it puts extra pressure on your gums, jawbone, and the muscles that support them. This can lead to earaches, headaches, and jaw pain. You might even feel dizzy. But when your teeth are straightened, it helps your jaw muscles relax, and you won’t have to clench or grind them. This can improve your quality of life.
Also, crooked teeth are more challenging to clean properly, putting you at greater risk for gum disease (known as Periodontal Disease). This infection damages the gum tissue and can also affect the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. This can cause discomfort and bleeding when you brush.
Left unchecked, the infection and chronic inflammation will cause severe damage to the soft tissues and eventually lead to tooth loss. Want to keep your gums healthy? Get your teeth aligned.
Need your teeth aligned? Visit Manassas Smiles right now or book an appointment first! We offer complete dental services to all patients—cosmetic, implant, or general care. Visit our website now!