How Straighter Teeth Promote Oral Health

Orthodontic treatment is highly sought after by large numbers of people.  The treatment is not just for good looks as it’s also important for healthy teeth and oral hygiene.  Straight teeth are critical for a healthy mouth and help reduce the risk of many dental health issues.

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Straighter teeth contribute to a healthy smile in the following ways:

Elimination of jaw problems with proper alignment

The temporomandibular (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in the body.  The joint connects the lower jaw and the upper jaw and enables chewing and movement of the mouth in various ways.

Any problems with this joint may cause terrible pain.  For example, having a malocclusion or misaligned bite will lead to pain in the jaw and face.  If untreated, a misaligned bite will lead to chronic pain when speaking and chewing.

Straight Teeth Are Easier To Clean

Crowded and crooked teeth are difficult to clean. The tight spaces in between teeth often form the perfect areas for accumulation of food debris and plaque and for growth of bacteria.  Failure to adequately clean these tight spaces may lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Orthodontic treatment ensures that teeth move into their proper positions. Straight teeth will form the foundation for better oral health since you can brush and floss without issues.

Prevention of Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

Straight teeth will not only make it easy to clean teeth but will also prevent gum disease and tooth decay.  People with misaligned teeth will often shy away from getting the necessary treatment to facilitate a healthy smile.  These people with crooked or crowded teeth are often self-conscious of their smile and hence the reason they avoid the dentist.

Straight teeth help to make brushing and flossing easier.  People with straight teeth will want to take good care of their smiles and will endeavor to seek treatment to maintain them.

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