Improper teeth alignment can affect your appearance. But the benefits of teeth straightening go beyond a beautiful smile. Professional teeth straightening can improve your dental health, oral hygiene, chewing ability, as well as your self-esteem. Here are the top five benefits of teeth straightening.
Improvements in Your Appearance
A beautiful smile with a perfect set of teeth can greatly complement your appearance. The American Association of Orthodontists notes that crowded teeth or protruded teeth may make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed. Teeth straightening with braces or other devices, also called orthodontic treatment, can move the teeth into a better position and improve your smile.
“Fixing a smile helps people get jobs, find partners, and increase their social interactions,” Mahnaz Rashti, DDS, a periodontist in Beverly Hills, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
Improvements in Your Oral Health
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, if your teeth are not aligned properly, cleaning them can become difficult. This can lead to other dental problems like tooth decay and tooth enamel abnormalities. Not only can teeth straightening correct improper alignment of teeth (also known as malocclusion)—it can also improve your overall oral health.
“Crooked or overcrowded teeth tend to accumulate a lot of bacteria," Henry Hackney, DMD, general dentist and content director at Authority Dental, tells WebMD Connect to Care. "When they are properly aligned, brushing and flossing become much more comfortable and effective,” Hackney adds.
According to Mayo Clinic, teeth straightening can correct many types of malocclusion, including:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Extra spaces between teeth
- Excessive protrusion of upper front teeth (i.e., overbite)
- Excessive protrusion of lower front teeth (i.e., underbite)
- Jaw problems that cause an improper bite
Improvements in Chewing and Talking
If your upper and lower jaw do not bite properly, you may have problems with chewing as well as speaking, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. This problem could also put too much stress on supporting structures like bones and gum tissue. Teeth straightening treatment could help you to resolve these issues.
“Correct bite alignment lets your face relax and move in a natural, effortless way,” Hackney says.
Boosts in Self-Confidence
“Having crooked teeth causes people to become depressed and unhappy. They almost feel like they are worthless and unappealing. Once the individuals are able to fix their smiles, they immediately grow and become happier and more confident people. They feel like they were born again and have the confidence to go out and enjoy life,” Rashti says.
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