A healthy smile is a happy smile—regardless of how the smile looks. That said, there are reasons why people might care about the appearance of their smile, along with their oral health. One of the biggest concerns people have is how straight their teeth are. It is certainly something to consider, and not just for the reasons you might think. Here are 3 reasons why having straight teeth is important.
1. A healthy bite.
Officially speaking, orthodontics is all about creating a healthy bite for the patient. When your teeth are not straight, your jaws don’t meet properly when you bite or chew. This matters, because an uneven or unhealthy bite can lead to things like jaw pain, cracked teeth, uneven wearing of tooth enamel, tooth decay, and more. Some of these problems can become serious, and can even lead to problems chewing normally. In this way, having straight teeth can save you from serious oral health issues down the road.
Put simply, straight teeth are easier to clean. When teeth are crowded, it makes it much harder to properly brush and floss your teeth. This allows bacteria to grow in the areas between the teeth, leaving you susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Untreated, these things can lead to greater issues, even ones related to your overall health (gum disease is correlated with other health conditions like diabetes and heart disease). Additionally, if you ever need extensive work done to your teeth (such as a bridge or implant), it is usually much easier and more successful when the teeth are straight.
Your smile can brighten up your face and make you truly memorable. But when you aren’t confident about your smile’s appearance, you’re a lot more likely to hide that smile and not share it with the world. Having straight teeth can increase your confidence in your smile, which will empower you to smile more. And that’s definitely not a bad thing. In fact, smiling can benefit you in many ways, including improving your mood, relieving stress, boosting your immune system, and even lowering blood pressure. Smile on!
For these reasons and more, straight teeth are important. Not only will your mouth be healthier and easier to take care of properly, but you will also feel more confident in your smile and your overall appearance.
If you have questions about how to get straighter teeth, don’t hesitate to bring it up with your dentist. They will be able to talk to you about how straighter teeth might benefit your oral health, and they’ll explore your treatment options with you. Don’t delay—a straighter smile could make a huge difference in your life!
At Smile Concepts we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams with clear braces from Invisalign. Contact us today to discuss your options and get the smile you deserve.