Many of us didn’t naturally develop those beautifully straight teeth that we were hoping for. In addition to providing a more favorable appearance, aligned teeth have all sorts of benefits. Fortunately, if you have misaligned or crooked teeth, you have options to get the gorgeous results you are looking for. Continue reading to learn about some of the many benefits of undergoing orthodontic treatment to achieve straighter teeth.
When you don’t have alignment issues, it is a lot easier for you to chew your food. This helps to speed up the digestion process, allowing the stomach and intestines to have an easier time breaking down your food. Ultimately, you end up getting more nutrition from your meals and are less likely to experience digestion issues.
If your teeth are overcrowded or spread too far apart, it can be more difficult to properly clean them. When your teeth are straighter with the right amount of space between them, it is much easier to brush and floss thoroughly. There are less crevices and hidden areas to navigate.
Fewer Jaw Issues
If you have perfectly aligned teeth, there isn’t additional stress that is contributing to jaw misalignment. With a misaligned jaw, you can experienced earaches, headaches, popping, and chronic pain to the neck and face. Straighter teeth allow your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) to move with ease.
Less Wear and Tear
With a bite that is off, different problems can occur as your teeth grind against each other. You could end up with notches at the gumline, tooth fractures, and abnormal flattening of the biting surface. With an aligned smile, you will be better able to handle the pressure of biting and chewing.
Your teeth play a very important role when you are speaking. When though you can technically talk without them, it is much more difficult to enunciate clearly so others can understand you. When you have crowded, gapped, or protruding teeth, this can also affect your speech patterns in a negative way.
Having crooked teeth isn’t usually the best thing for the self-esteem. People who have naturally straight teeth and those who have invested in orthodontic treatment tend to be more confidence when showing off their smiles.
Orthodontic treatment isn’t just about improving your appearance. There are so many ways that it can positively influence your life. Talk to your orthodontist to get started on a path towards a straighter smile!
About the Author
Dr. Gordon Barfield earned his dental doctorate from the University of North Carolina before completing an Advanced General Dentistry Residency with the US Air Force. He then served as the Staff Comprehensive Dentist at Barksdale Airforce Base before returning home to practice family and esthetic dentistry for 16 years. Later, he completed his Residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at the University of Nevada. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Georgia Dental Association, and Seattle Study Club. For more information on orthodontic treatment options or to schedule an appointment at his office in Atlanta, visit his website or call (770) 939-1280.