People generally decide to undergo orthodontic treatment for aesthetic reasons. However, there are a number of dental health benefits to having straight teeth! Here, our Coquitlam orthodontists explain what they are.
Having straight teeth certainly contributes to a having a more attractive smile, but it also has a positive impact on your dental health.
Straight teeth last longer than crooked teeth do.
Chewing and biting create significant pressure, and when teeth are uneven, that pressure is not evenly distributed. The result can be that certain teeth and certain areas of your mouth are subjected to more pressure and stress than they should be. This can lead to fractures along the edges of the teeth, chipped teeth, or notching at the gum line.
In turn, this weakens your teeth and makes them more susceptible to gum disease and decay.
Straight teeth reduce the risk of jaw problems.
Uneven teeth also put a strain on the jaw joints. The temporomandibular joints are the hinge joints that connect your jaw to your skull. When the temporomandibular joints are strained by an uneven bite, it can result in ringing in the ears, jaw pain, headaches, earaches, or dizziness.
Straight teeth make preventing cavities and periodontal disease easier.
Straight teeth are just plain easier to clean than crooked teeth. Uneven teeth have deeper, more abundant crevices which bacteria and plaque can build up in. These areas can be difficult to access with a toothbrush and floss.
As a result, in spite of your best efforts, cavities and periodontal disease can form in these areas relatively unchecked.