Orthodontic treatment is intended to shift crooked, crowded, gapped or otherwise misaligned teeth into the proper position and alignment. Although it is easy to focus on the aesthetic benefits of orthodontic treatment, there are plenty of health benefits, too. Straighter teeth are generally healthier teeth. In this post, Dr. Jason Keefe of 5 Mile Smiles explains why.
Easier to Brush and Floss
Straight, properly spaced teeth are much easier to keep clean than crooked, crowded or gapped teeth that have tiny crevices and spaces to harbor cavity-causing bacteria. Because it is simpler for a toothbrush to clean straight teeth, they are less likely to develop cavities and decay.
The same concept is true for the gums. Improving the position and alignment of the teeth makes it easier for the gum tissue to wrap around the teeth; and thus, to floss or use an interdental cleaner to keep the gums clean and healthy. With what studies suggest about the connection between gum disease and other health problems (i.e., heart disease, stroke, diabetes), it is critical to keep the gums as healthy as possible!
Less Likely to Suffer Trauma in an Accident
Crooked and protruding teeth (particularly the upper teeth) are vulnerable during accidents like motor vehicle collisions, falls and sports injuries. They can break, crack or get knocked out (a.k.a., “avulsed”) by blunt trauma to the face. Straightening the teeth and fixing any protrusion lowers the risk of injury during an accident.
Support a Proper Bite
Poorly spaced or aligned teeth may not fit together properly, which is a problem known as malocclusion or a “bad bite.” A bad bite can lead to a plethora of other complications, including excessive wear of the tooth enamel, problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), chronic tooth grinding/clenching and difficulty biting and chewing. A bad bite can even cause problems with digestion. Luckily, bringing the teeth into better alignment and position can prevent these problems.
Learn More about Your Orthodontic Options
The first step toward straighter, healthier teeth is considering which type of orthodontic treatment to pursue. Dr. Keefe would be happy to review your options with you during a one-on-one consultation. Please call or email 5 Mile Smiles to schedule your appointment with Dr. Keefe today.