Why Straighten Your Teeth? Here are 6 Reasons…

A woman with braces on her teeth, exploring why straighten your teeth?

Healthy smiles that are bright white and straight can make a big impact on your life. People who have a great smile demonstrate higher level of self-esteem and confidence. The importance of straight teeth is not only for the cosmetic reasons.

Why Straighten Your Teeth? Here are 6 Reasons…

Improved bite

Having straight teeth comes with an improved bite. Poor alignment of crowded crooked teeth can contribute to grinding clenching causing excessive wear of your teeth, possible chipping, headaches and jaw joint problems and even problems breathing. Crooked teeth can possibly lead to a crooked jaw from ‘the uneven distribution of force’ while chewing.

Healthier teeth and gums

Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss than crooked and overlapping teeth, which are more likely to trap food particles. Trapped food leads to bacteria growth and inflammation of the gums. Therefore you are less likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease and cavities. Straight teeth and healthy gums mean you can chew anything you want and could potentially help you live longer. There are well known studies that prove that people who floss daily will live an extra 7 years longer.

Lower Disease Risk

Having periodontal (gum) disease can put you a risk of heart disease and may contribute to diabetes. Easy-to-clean teeth will then lower your risk for gum disease. Although plaque on your teeth is not the same stuff in arteries that cause heart attacks, the same species of bacteria that cause periodontitis is also found in artery-clogging plaque.

Lower Risk Injury

Crooked teeth can push and rub up against soft tissues in the mouth. If you routinely bite your cheek or lips due to a misaligned bite, it can result in cuts, sores, and infections—not to mention the annoyance. Protruding (buck) teeth are easily broken from an accidental fall, sports related injury, car accidents and schoolyard brawls. Of course, if you do play contact sports, we always recommend a mouth guard to protect your teeth during orthodontics and after they are perfectly straight.

Avoiding tooth loss

Since the most common reasons for tooth loss are periodontal disease and tooth decay, it really pays to have straight teeth making oral care as easy as possible. When having missing teeth you can create other dental issues of drifting teeth and over eruption that can then cause sensitivity and bite interferences. To avoid further dental issues it’s recommend to replace any missing teeth.

Better Digestion

Poorly aligned teeth can compromise chewing, and chewing is the first step of proper digestion. When you chew, saliva carries enzymes that help break down the food, making it easier for the stomach and intestines to do their jobs and reducing the number of bacteria needed to help break down nutrients in the gut.

A woman is eating a salad in a kitchen better digestion

These are the top 6 reasons for having straight teeth. Undoubtedly, you will feel better about yourself and you’ll smile more!! “Tooth” be told, appearance does matter. Studies have proven over and over again the advantages of an attractive appearance and smile relates to job opportunities. The amount of money you make and even the people you attract into your life. Like it or not, your smile is a reflection of you.

Consider straightening your teeth and your child’s teeth today. At Century Stone Dental we offer various solutions for straightening teeth (Invisalign and Orthodontics). Ask us about it next time you’re in!


Dr Christopher Sims
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