Wisdom Teeth: Removal, Maintenance and Cavity Prevention

3 Surprising Reasons to Get Your Teeth Straightened

Getting your teeth straightened is usually done for cosmetic reasons; straight teeth can make you look better overall and crooked teeth can be somewhat unattractive. While appearance itself is reason enough to have your teeth straightened, there are actually other surprising reasons to consider visiting an orthodontist when you have misaligned teeth. Note a few of those surprising reasons here.

1. Health of teeth

Your oral health is very important for your teeth and gums, and also for your overall health. A buildup of germs and bacteria in the mouth can mean harbouring that bacteria in your system, and your health can suffer. If you don't care for your teeth, you may suffer from gum disease that can also affect your health.

However, it can be difficult to properly floss teeth that are too crowded together, and bristles from a toothbrush may not easily slide through teeth that are crowded and crooked. When you have your teeth straightened, it may be easier to brush and floss properly and keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

2. Protection of teeth

Teeth that protrude--typically called "buck teeth"--may be more likely to be broken or chipped. When you hit your mouth on something, those teeth may absorb more of the impact than if they were in line with other teeth. If you don't have your teeth straightened, you may see they are more likely to break or chip or you may even lose the tooth through an accident or impact. Having them aligned can be a protection to this type of breakage. You may also see that mouth guards you wear when playing sports fit better, so teeth are protected then as well.

3. Comfort

When you can clean your teeth properly and they're more comfortable resting against each other, you may find that they're simply more comfortable overall. When your teeth are clean and properly flossed, you may be less sensitive to hot foods and cold beverages. You may see that your jaw doesn't work as hard to keep teeth supported, so you don't have jaw pain that may be common with those who have crooked teeth. You may also be able to eat more comfortably as your teeth won't be so likely to scrape nearby gums and even cheeks, which can also happen when teeth are crooked or jut out of position. This too is a reason to have your teeth aligned.