To many it may seem like the benefits of having straighter teeth are purely cosmetic in nature. And those cosmetic benefits certainly do exist! Studies have shown that people tend to perceive someone with straight aligned teeth as wealthier, happier, and more dateable than someone with crooked teeth. But there are plenty of other very important benefits as well.
Consequences from Crooked Teeth
There are many different ways misaligned, crowded, or crooked teeth can negatively impact a person’s health and quality of life. Let us take a look at a few of the big ones.
Difficult To Clean
When teeth overlap each other in ways they aren’t meant to, they can be much harder to clean with standard brushing and flossing than with straighter teeth. If teeth aren’t getting cleaned as effectively, then they become more vulnerable to tooth decay (cavities) as well as gum swelling (gingivitis), gum loss (recession) and even gum disease.
Impede Clear Speech
Underbites, severe overbites, and other teeth alignment problems can interfere with a person’s ability to speak clearly, leading to lisps, spitting when talking and other distortions in articulation of speach.
Interfere With Healthy Digestion
Chewing is a critical part of the digestion process. Our saliva begins to break food down on a chemical level while our teeth break it apart into more manageable pieces. Misaligned teeth and bite can make it difficult or even impossible to chew food well enough, which forces the rest of the digestive system to pick up the slack. This can lead to a number of unpleasant GI consequences, and it can even make it harder to lose weight!
Can Interfere With Healthy Breathing
If your teeth don’t fit comfortably together, you might keep them apart instead of closing your jaws when resting. This can lead to mouth breathing, which has many negative health effects. The two most connected to oral health concerns are chronic bad breath and dry mouth.
Can Cause Jaw Problems
If there’s something wrong with your bite, that can result in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Symptoms include a clicking jaw joint with nuscle jaw pain, and frequent headaches.
Do Your Teeth Need Straightening?
Having aligned teeth eliminates or greatly reduces all of these problems. This, paired with the cosmetic advantages and the boost in confidence, makes Clear Aligner treatment (ie. Invisalign) a very worthwhile investment. If you think you could benefit from Invisalign treatment, our practice offers both Invisalign and Accelerated Invisalign options. Dr. Steven Davidowitz has been given the title of an Invisalign Elite Provider designating him as a leader in Clear Aligner Therapy in the country! In the meantime, keep brushing, flossing, and scheduling your regular dental appointments!
You deserve the best for your teeth!