A straighter smile is a characteristic of healthy, beautiful teeth. But for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have properly aligned bites as a result of good genetics, we often turn to a dentist.
But is there more to having straight teeth than just the confidence or aesthetics that goes with it? Absolutely. Here are five considerations you may want to keep in mind if you’ve been trying to decide to talk to our dentists about orthodontic treatment.
Reduce Your Risk of Cavities
Crowded teeth tend to be the first ones to get cavities, because of how tightly they fit against one another. When saliva or your tongue might move food debris away between meals, crowded spaces tend to harbor bacteria and acids.
Lower Your Chances of Gum Disease
For similar reasons to tooth decay, misaligned teeth tend to develop problems associated with gum disease, first. The tissue detachment and bone resorption usually begin between teeth that are out of alignment with the rest.
Limit Your Chances of a Dental Emergency
Overbites, overjets, etc., tend to have the teeth that get hit first in the case of an accidental fall or bump to the mouth, making them more prone to fractures.
Address Causes of TMJ Disorder
When teeth don’t fit together correctly, it alters the way your TMJ (jaw) joint functions. Over time, this can lead to complications.
Prevent Worn Teeth and Broken Dental Work
Similar to TMJ disorder, the teeth can wear down prematurely and atypically when they don’t bite together the way they were designed to.
If you’ve noticed any of these issues popping up as a concern, you owe it to yourself to schedule an orthodontic evaluation at PMD Dental Care. Call our clinic today to make an appointment!