It’s no secret that most people want their teeth to be nice and straight, but do you really understand just how important straight teeth are for everything from looks to health? Here are just three important reasons to have crooked or crowded teeth straightened.
You can whiten your teeth as much as you want – if there aren’t straight, they aren’t going to look their best. Don’t let yourself dismiss this is a trivial concern. If you have a smile full of straight, white teeth, you’ll feel better about showing it off. Additionally, keep in mind that crooked teeth are more likely to show discoloration since they can shift slightly. This also makes them tougher to whiten.
Most people assume that crooked teeth are only a cosmetic problem, but this isn’t the case at all. One of the more serious problems associated with crooked teeth is an incorrect bite. If your teeth aren’t lined up straight, they won’t form a proper bite pattern when you bring them down. As time goes by, the imbalance can lead to serious problems – it’s even possible you may experience jaw joint issues that require surgical intervention.
Since your teeth aren’t meeting correctly, it’s likely one or two are taking more strain than individual teeth are meant to handle. Chips and fractures could be the result.
Everyone knows the value of brushing and flossing, but few understand how much easier these oral healthcare routines become when you have your teeth straightened. It can be very hard to get toothbrush bristles and floss into the nooks and crannies created by crowded or crooked teeth, and it’s just those hard-to-reach areas where plaque, bacteria, tartar, and food debris will tend to collect and thrive. When your teeth are nice and straight, keeping them free from decay and infection becomes that much easier.