Most people think, “My teeth are crooked, I need braces.” With this way of thinking, their sole purpose is to simply create a straighter smile. However, did you know there are a variety of other benefits for straight teeth? There are! Straight teeth are easy to clean, provide a better bite and keep you smiling for longer. By achieving a healthy, straight smile, you will enjoy several benefits while also potentially avoiding costly dental procedures later in life.
Easy to Clean
When you have crowded or crooked teeth, it can be very difficult to clean properly. This is because your toothbrush will not be able to reach the entire surface of your teeth. And for teeth that are too close together, they can’t be flossed, which poses another issue leading to gum disease. By achieving straighter teeth, not only will you be able to brush and floss easily, but Dr. Appel can perform procedures better as well.
A Better Bite
Not only do straighter teeth provide you with aesthetic benefits, orthodontic treatment can also fix your bite and balance the force throughout your teeth. When teeth are crooked and misaligned, the force of your bite can often be focused on just a few of your teeth instead of all. This can lead to further problem with those teeth. Abnormal wear patterns, headaches, migraines and jaw pain can also result from crooked teeth. Chewing and talking are also so much easier with straight teeth.
Functional benefits of straight teeth are very important, but it would be remiss to not mention the benefits it can have on your self-confidence. Crooked teeth can often be a source of shame and embarrassment, especially to younger people. However, the moment you get your braces off, it signifies a turning point in your life. A bright smile has even been shown to lead to better social and career success for adults.
If you are thinking about getting orthodontic treatment for a straighter smile, it is important to make a consultation with Dr. Appel at Appel Orthodontics in Manalapan, NJ. In doing so, you can learn more about the best treatment options for you.