Straight teeth provide more than a great smile.
Teeth are like gears on a wheel. They are made to fit together in a certain way to do a certain job. If they don’t fit together, they can’t do their job, which may lead to various oral health problems.
For starters, straight teeth are easier to clean. You can remove plaque more easily when teeth are aligned. Crooked teeth offer more places for plaque to hide and get missed when brushing. Plaque buildup can result in cavities, gum inflammation (puffiness and bleeding), and gum disease.
Even if your front teeth appear straight, there can be a problem with your bite – how all your teeth fit together.
Teeth that protrude, especially at the front of the mouth, are more prone to injury.
Added wear of teeth, chipping of teeth, and teeth grinding are common problems when an improper bite is present. Jawbone and joint problems can also develop, leading to the breakdown of the bones that support your teeth, as well as TMJ pain, headaches, and migraines. All of this can make it difficult to talk and chew food efficiently and comfortably.
Research also suggests that jaw position and size may be the root of some sleep issues, including sleep apnea.
The benefits of straight teeth and jaw alignment are truly important to your overall well-being.
The good news is that there is a way to set yourself up for success. An orthodontist can develop a plan with you on how to get straight teeth and ensure a healthy bite is achieved by repositioning teeth within the jaw bones and ensuring they function properly.
Trust an AAO orthodontist
You can work with an American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Orthodontist to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile at any age. Orthodontists are experts in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics – properly aligned teeth and jaws – and possess the skills and experience to give you your best smile. Find an orthodontist near you at https://aaoinfo.org/locator