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How important are straight teeth?

A beautiful smile never goes out of style. Having healthy teeth boosts confidence and self-esteem, and reflects good overall health. And when it comes to looking your best, there’s nothing better than a straight set of teeth.

Aligned teeth reduce disease risk

Straight teeth are easier to brush than uneven, overlapping teeth that create “hidden” and hard-to-reach areas in the mouth. That makes it easier to get rid of the plaque and food debris that build up throughout the day.

Plaque is a pale biofilm composed of bacteria, food particles and saliva that forms on the surface of your teeth. It takes about 24 hours for plaque to colonize tooth surfaces, and it will continue to build up if it isn’t removed. Within a few days, it can calcify and turn into tartar.

With regular brushing, straight, well-aligned teeth are less susceptible to cavities, tartar and gum disease including gingivitis, which are all caused by plaque.

The true face of malocclusion

Malocclusion refers to problems associated with your “bite.” Essentially, malocclusion is an incorrect relation between the upper and lower sets of teeth. Sometimes, several teeth may protrude forward. For people with these conditions, a simple fall can cause teeth to chip or fracture.

Malocclusion can be caused by genetic or environmental factors, and it can have serious consequences:

  • Abnormal tooth wear
  • Chewing difficulties
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Disruption of normal tooth or jaw development

The importance of oral health for overall health

Healthy and well-functioning teeth have a positive impact on overall health. If you’re able to chew well, you’ll be able to eat a more varied diet and digest food more effectively.

Besides improving tooth function, treating malocclusion can have a positive impact on:

  • Sleep (snoring, sleep apnea)
  • Digestion
  • Speech and articulation
  • Breathing
  • Facial aesthetics (teeth, lips, jaw)
  • The treatment of certain diseases
  • Physical and mental well-being

The human body is a complex structure in which all parts are interconnected. The mouth is no exception.

Corrective orthodontics for a healthy and attractive smile

Orthodontic treatments are available for a wide range of dental-facial anomalies in patients of all ages.

Current options include:

  • Invisalign invisible aligners
  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating braces (elastic-free)
  • Ceramic braces
  • Traditional braces

It’s natural to want straight, well-aligned teeth. Before reading this article, you may have been motivated primarily by cosmetic concerns, but now you know more about the problems associated with malocclusion. Please contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.