Straight and properly aligned teeth provide us with aesthetically pleasing and beautiful smiles, but did you know that there is more to straight teeth than just looks? Good oral health can actually be beneficial to your overall health, as well! Our team at Kavanaugh Orthodontics has put together what we believe are the top ten benefits of straight teeth.
1. Easier and More Efficient Brushing & Flossing
The gaps and overlaps between misaligned teeth make is more difficult to properly clean certain areas of the teeth. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss.
2. Better Digestion
Crooked teeth can keep your mouth from chewing food properly, and result in digestive problems.
3. Clear Speech
Jaw misalignment can be the cause of certain speech impediments. Properly realigning the teeth and jawbones may be the solution to some speech problems.
4. Lower Risk for Injury to the Teeth
Protruding, or “buck teeth,” are exposed, and generally more susceptible to injury. In addition, protective mouth guards may not fit properly on crooked teeth.
5. Lower Risk of Soft Tissue Injury
Misaligned teeth may poke at or even irritate soft tissues inside the mouth, leading to cuts, sores and potential infections.
6. Lower Risk of Gum Disease
Because crooked teeth are more difficult to clean, they can result in bacterial build up, and eventually gum disease.
7. Less Jaw Pain & Fewer Headaches
Crooked or misplaced teeth wear down unevenly and apply unusual pressure causing tension in the jaw. Tension in the jaw can result in headaches.
8. Better Overall Health
Straight teeth lead to improved oral hygiene and less tooth decay. A number of studies show that oral bacteria and gum disease may potentially be linked to heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases.
9. Cost Effectiveness
Treating your teeth and oral problems early on can lessen the likelihood of developing more severe oral health issues later on. Fewer oral health problems means saving money on more invasive treatments in the future.
10. Positive Self Esteem
One of the biggest benefits of straight teeth is having the confidence to let your smile shine, everyday!
Visit Your Orthodontist
At Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we provide orthodontic care for the whole family. Book a consultation with Dr. Kavanaugh today, and learn more about what we can do to help you achieve a healthy smile!