Many of us have, at some point, considered straightening our teeth for ourselves or for our children. It is not a decision to make at a whim, as it can be a significant commitment.
Let us get some clarity on some of the benefits of straighter teeth, and why may orthodontic treatment be worth the investment of your time, energy and finances!
★ Better Oral Hygiene
Crowded or crooked teeth are more difficult to clean. Food particles often get trapped, and this can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and possible tooth loss.
Teeth that are well aligned allows you to brush and floss your teeth with greater ease. It saves you the stress of trying to clean many difficult-to-access nooks and crannies. It also saves you the added cost of treatment for oral diseases caused by sub-optimal oral hygiene.
★ Increased Confidence with Improved Appearance
An improved appearance and smile is probably the most noticeable benefit of orthodontic treatment. Feeling happy with your appearance can have a positive impact on your mental health and self-esteem. Being more confident and feeling happier in yourself can also lead to improved interpersonal relationships, academic performance, and professional success.
★ Improved Oral Function and Wear on Teeth
Bad bites and misaligned teeth can lead to visible wear and tear of the teeth due to uneven force distribution when biting and chewing food. Sometimes excessive strain on supporting gums and bone tissues can even affect the joints of the jaw, leading to chewing pain, jaw popping, migraines, or sleep apnea.
Your dentist can help relieve the pain associated with these dental conditions by correcting teeth misalignments and bite issues.
★ Improved Speech Clarity
Our teeth can be the cause of a speech impediment. The way our teeth align and bite together can affect the way sound is produced by our mouth. Problems such as underbites, overbites or crossbites can affect the clarify of certain phonemes/speech sounds.