Of course, everyone associates straight teeth with an improved aesthetic or smile. Straight teeth make a smile look its best. Straight teeth can improve your confidence and give you that smile you always dreamed of having. But, did you know there are other benefits of aligning teeth too? Straight teeth also improve the overall function and longevity of your teeth. Listed below are some benefits of straight teeth that you probably didn’t know about.
When the teeth are straight, and the bite is aligned, the chewing and biting forces are evenly distributed. When teeth are out of alignment, often, the full force of the bite will land in the wrong spots or on just a couple of teeth. This can easily cause damage to those teeth. From a misaligned bite, over time, there can be sensitivity, chipping, fractures, wear spots and even jaw pain. The jaw and the bite function best with an even distribution of forces. Orthodontics aligns the teeth and bite so that all biting forces are in the correct spots, thereby reducing susceptibility to wear and chipping.
Straight teeth are much easier to clean than teeth with tipping, tilting, overlapping and rotations. Where these conditions exist, there are more areas that plaque and bacteria can become trapped. These areas are difficult to clean out, even with the right home care tools. Over time, this can lead to recession, gum inflammation and even gum disease. Straight teeth and an aligned bite allow for easier brushing and flossing.
Misaligned teeth can also be more susceptible to cavities due to difficulty in cleaning. For instance, if two teeth overlap each other, there is a space between them that is difficult to cleanout. The risk for a cavity in an area that isn’t being cleaned adequately is higher. By having straight teeth, brushing and flossing are easier, and cavity risk decreases.