2 health benefits to straight Westminster teeth
Crooked teeth can impact the appearance of your smile, but other than aesthetics, is it bad to have crooked teeth? The answer to that frequently asked question is yes. In fact, there are actually several dental problems that can arise as a direct result of teeth that are crooked. Here are two important health benefits of straight teeth.
1. Better oral health
Straight teeth are easier to care for simply because you can clean them more thoroughly. Specifically, your oral health is greatly improved because you can brush and floss away more food particles and bacteria. This not only helps to reduce the plaque and tartar build-up that can lead to tooth decay, but it also decreases the risk of gum disease.
2. A balanced bite
Having a balanced bite means that your teeth fit together naturally, both at rest and when you chew, talk, yawn, laugh or sing. If your teeth are crooked or out of alignment, it can leads to bruxism, or teeth grinding. That is your body’s way of trying to force your teeth to fit together. Teeth grinding, in addition to wearing down your teeth and making your bite worse, also greatly increases the stress on your TM joints. This can lead to a TMJ disorder, a painful jaw joint disorder that is often accompanied by symptoms that include chronic and severe headaches and muscle pain.
What should you do about crooked teeth?
Crooked teeth are most often treated with braces. The good news is there are many types of braces available today, from nearly invisible, removable braces to traditional metal braces. After an exam, your dentist will be able to recommend the best treatment approach for you.
Learn more about crooked teeth treatment options
Don’t let your teeth stand in the way of maintaining a future of good oral health with a more attractive smile. If you would like to learn more about dental treatment options for straightening crooked teeth, please schedule a consultation with your Westminster dentist.