The Benefits of Having Straighter Teeth

Having a great smile is a marker of identity and something which people are drawn to; it can boost your confidence and even improve your social relations and prospects. Straightening your teeth is a surprisingly effective way of achieving this, and teeth straightening treatments are becoming increasingly popular for those who want an improved appearance and higher self-esteem. However, a straighter smile is not merely beneficial for appearance’s sake. Straighter teeth come with many other advantages, namely, they can prevent a number of health issues such as increased bacteria associated with crooked teeth and weakened tooth enamel, to more serious problems including tooth decay and gum disease. Here we take a look at some of the most important benefits of having straighter teeth, which will lead to a healthier, happier smile and greater oral health.

Teeth are easier to clean

Crowded or crooked teeth are much more difficult to clean properly, as it can be harder to use your toothbrush or floss in-between overlapped teeth. This could lead to the build-up of plaque and bacteria, eventually causing decay or other gum problems, or in extreme cases, the loss of teeth. Straighter teeth would be more manageable to clean and would therefore reduce the risks of having these problems occur.

Improves chewing and speech functions

Misaligned teeth may also cause problems with chewing and eating. Straighter teeth can align your bite and will remove any gaps or overlaps present, therefore decreasing the amount of food trapped and bacteria growth.

Gapped front teeth or teeth which are misaligned can often be the cause for a whistling noise when speaking, or they can induce other speech impediments. Having orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth can help to produce clearer speech, which can greatly benefit your self-confidence and personal life.

Prevents premature tooth wear

A crowded mouth may cause teeth to jut out and rub against other teeth. This can gradually wear down tooth enamel irregularly, or lead to an inefficient chewing function over time. Having straighter teeth would help to reduce the uneven pressure placed on the teeth to prevent abnormal wear and pain.

Gives you healthier gums

Widely spaced or crowded teeth can unfortunately cause the gums to become red, irritated and swollen. To fend off discomfort a better tooth alignment will help your gums fit more securely around the teeth, and will prevent the more serious risk of developing gum disease.

Lowers the risk of tooth injury

Protruding teeth caused by crowding are easier to be broken in the event of an accident.

Better overall health

Not only are straighter teeth easier to clean, you may feel that you’re more inclined to take better care of them. Having straighter teeth can therefore promote better general oral health, and help to prevent decay and bacteria leading to problems such as tooth decay, gum mouth sores and potential tooth loss.

For improved confidence and happiness

Numerous studies have shown that having a great smile is an important social asset, and has a big impact on first impressions and the way others view you. Research also suggests that feeling confident with a better looking smile will also increase the amount you smile, which can lower stress and make you happier. If you are worried about the impression you make because of the appearance of your teeth, getting straighter teeth with orthodontic treatment is an ideal way to improve your self-esteem and mental health.

To see how you could benefit from a straighter smile, please give Oldham Orthodontics a call on 0161 6220987 to book an appointment or contact us directly on our website.