Does Having Straight Teeth Make Them Easier To Clean?
Everyone loves the thought of having a sparkling Hollywood smile, with perfectly straight, beautifully white teeth. The vast majority of patients who come to us at Brixworth Dental Practice do so for cosmetic reasons – they want the type of glittering A-List smile that they’ve seen on television and in magazines. But did you know that having straight teeth can also have a multitude of health benefits?
The first of these benefits is that straight teeth are actually easier to clean. By investing in straightening your teeth, you’re making them much easier to brush for the rest of your life! When teeth are crooked or unevenly spaced, it can result in food lodging itself in gaps or crevices. This can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay if it isn’t taken care of when you brush and floss.
By contrast, having straight teeth makes it easier for you to clean using interdental aids such as floss and brushes for in between your teeth. By eliminating the gaps and straightening out the crooked parts, you make it easier to keep your teeth clean, resulting in a gorgeous smile that’s also much healthier.
Another benefit of having straight teeth is that they will fit together better. If you have crowded teeth on the upper or lower jaw, this can cause areas where they’re against each other, consequently wearing them down. Your tooth enamel can become eroded much more quickly, which can increase your chances of tooth breakage and sensitivity.
By investing in straighter teeth, you reduce the friction and rubbing of crowded teeth. Chewing is more efficient, and your enamel will remain protected for much longer.
If you have crowded or crooked teeth, you might also notice occasional inflammation and redness of the gums. If your gums don’t fit tightly around the crooked teeth, it can expose you to periodontal problems, which may include gum disease. However, if your teeth are straight, your gums will fit snugly around them, providing protection from these kinds of issues.
Many people with crooked teeth notice headaches and neck pain. This maybe because their crooked teeth place extra stress on your entire bone structure. The entire jaw region is extremely complex, and even one tooth out of alignment can put pressure and stress on a particular area. In some cases, your jaw can become misaligned, which may result in chronic headaches and pain in the neck, shoulders and face.
By having your teeth straightened with orthodontics, not only do you benefit from a dazzling smile, you also get to enjoy plenty of health benefits. If you’re interested in braces or other orthodontic treatments, get in touch with the team here at Brixworth Dental Practice today.