Why Straighten Your Teeth?
Straight teeth look better and work better too. They help you chew, bite and speak better than crooked teeth, plus a straight smile can contribute positively to self-confidence. Your pleasingly straight teeth also help keep you from developing a variety of dental issues as you age.
A number of bite issues or malocclusions can occur, including overcrowding, crossbite, underbite and overbite. These problems impact negatively on the function and the look of your teeth.
Here is a summary of some of the primary issues associated with crooked teeth:
Periodontitis: Gum disease starts with bacterial infection and is caused by poor oral hygiene. Crooked teeth are difficult to effectively clean, and that means bacteria, plaque and debris can build up in the hard-to-clean areas. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and are therefore at a lesser risk of periodontitis.
TMJ: Temporomandibular Disorder can be caused by crooked teeth that lead to improper jaw alignment. This painful condition can lead to severe headaches as well as lockjaw, jaw pain and teeth grinding.
Tooth injury: Properly aligned teeth are like a strong wall, and injuries are less likely to happen when teeth protect each other. Crooked teeth, however, are weaker. That makes injuries more likely. Protruding teeth are especially vulnerable.
Uneven wear: When some teeth work harder than others because of crooked teeth, uneven wear can result. Straight teeth distribute the workload evenly, meaning a reduced wear risk as well as a better look.
Customized aligning trays or braces can be used to effectively straighten teeth. Braces are most often attached to the teeth for a specific amount of time with brackets. Arch wires are tightened at regular intervals by the orthodontist and eventually removed when treatment is done. Orthodontic fixed braces can be attached to either the front or the back of teeth and are effective for most bite issues.
Aligners are completely removable and are appropriate for less severe malocclusions when teeth need to move only a short distance. Trays are replaced every few weeks for a specified period of time. This method has proven to be as effective as traditional braces.
To find out how straightening your teeth can benefit your life, call (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods, DDS