Why Straighten Teeth?

Why Straighten Teeth?

Straighter teeth perform chewing, biting & speaking functions more effectively than crooked teeth. In addition, a straight smile boosts confidence, is aesthetically pleasing to look at, & can help stave off a wide variety of dental ailments.

There are several types of malocclusion including overbite, underbite, crossbite, & overcrowding. Each of these alignment problems negatively impacts the functionality & cosmetic appearance of the teeth.

Here is a brief overview of some of the main disorders associated with crooked teeth:

Periodontitis – Periodontitis or gum disease begins with a bacterial infection. The bacterial infection is caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Crooked teeth are hard to clean effectively, which means that debris, plaque & bacteria can build up in hard-to-reach areas. Straight teeth are much easier to clean & are at less risk of contracting gum disease.

Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ) – Crooked teeth can lead to improper jaw alignment, which in turn causes a painful condition known as TMJ. Severe headaches, jaw pain, lockjaw & the grinding of teeth characterize this debilitating disorder.

Tooth injury – Straight teeth creates a strong wall, which means injuries are less likely to occur. Crooked teeth are weaker & often protrude, making them far more vulnerable to external injury.

Uneven wear – Crooked teeth cause some of the teeth to work harder than others when biting & chewing. Straight teeth share the workload evenly, meaning less risk of injury & better aesthetics.

Teeth can be straightened using either orthodontic braces or customized aligning trays. Orthodontic braces are usually affixed to the teeth for a set duration. The brackets & archwires are tightened regularly by the orthodontist & removed when treatment is complete. Fixed braces can be placed on the front side or back side of the teeth & are effective for most types of malocclusion.

Aligning trays are fully removable & are used where the malocclusion is less severe, & the teeth need to move a shorter distance. These trays are replaced every few weeks for the duration of the treatment, & have proven to be equally effective for straightening teeth.

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