When it comes to first impressions, the first thing people notice is usually a person’s eyes, followed by their teeth or smile. While you cannot do much to control your eyes’ appearance, you do have control over your teeth for the most part. A bright, straight smile may be pleasing to see. However, straight teeth benefit your oral health as well. Here are the reasons it pays to have a straight smile:
Easier To Clean Teeth
Brushing and flossing are easier to complete when compared to flossing between teeth that are crooked or misaligned. As well, misaligned teeth tend to trap food particles, which leads to plaque buildup. With time, the plaque hardens to form tartar, which cannot be removed by flossing alone. Crooked teeth pose a challenge for a toothbrush’s bristles to fully get in between teeth and reach the buildup. Straight teeth allow easier access to get in between crevices and need less work to maintain clean teeth.
Lower Risk of Periodontal Disease
The gums tend to be healthier as well when teeth are aligned. Straight teeth allow the gums to fit more securely around the teeth creating a strong defence against periodontal problems. Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean because the teeth’ sides are more accessible when they are not misaligned.
Prevents Abnormal Tooth Wear
Having crowded bottom teeth may cause one or more teeth or jut out, which rub against the upper teeth. Over time, this leads to inefficient chewing function and can cause undue wear to tooth enamel.
Less Chipping & Cracking in Teeth
Teeth that protrude are more susceptible to cracking due to a fall or accident. A lack of proper oral care due to difficulty cleaning crowded or overlapped teeth can weaken teeth making them more prone to chips or breakage.
Reduced Jaw Pain and TMJ syndrome Relief
Straight teeth also reduce the strain or pressure on your facial muscles and jaw joints. This can help to reduce or eliminate jaw pain and also lowers the risk of developing TMJ syndrome. This may also reduce the frequency of headaches brought on by TMJ issues.
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