3 health benefits of straight teeth in Regina
Having straight teeth is wonderful for your looks, but straight teeth are also good for your health. Crooked teeth can lead to health problems in ways that you might never guess. Here are three of the top health benefits of straight teeth.
1. Crooked teeth can lead to disease
When teeth are crooked or misaligned, they are harder to clean. Food particles that get left behind contribute to gum disease, and gum disease is the first part of a gradual decaying process that can eventually lead to tooth tooth loss. One crooked tooth can also lead to others, because a tooth that is out of place can weaken the structure that keeps the rest of your teeth place.
2. Straight teeth support your jaws
TMJ disorder, a painful problem involving the temporomandibular joints that allow of movement of the jaws, can be caused or worsened by teeth that are crooked. Straight teeth help support a balanced bite to support the jaws and reduce the symptoms of TMJ disorder.
3. Straight teeth support digestive health
Our teeth are designed to chew the food we eat thoroughly and properly. If your teeth are crooked, you may not be able to chew food properly. When crooked teeth lead to gum disease, the teeth may become loose, and this can make chewing even more difficult. Swallowing large pieces of food because of chewing difficulties can cause problems with digestion. Sometimes people with very crooked teeth wind up swallowing food in such large portions they present a danger of choking.
These days there are many ways to straighten teeth
If you have crooked teeth or a bad bite, there are many types of orthodontics that can help you achieve a healthy, straight, beautiful smile. Traditional braces are still an effective method of straightening teeth and aligning them for a balanced bite.
Other options include clear braces and clear aligners like Invisalign. Aligners are not only more attractive while you are wearing them, but they are more comfortable than braces and allow you to avoid issues like cleaning between braces or eating with them, because you can remove the aligners for cleaning and when you eat.
If you would like to learn more about the health benefits of straight teeth, please schedule a consultation appointment to discuss the connection between your teeth and your overall health, and the options for straightening your teeth.