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How Important Are Straight Teeth

Posted by Dr. Hisham Badawi | January 29 2020

We tend to look at people with straight, healthy, white smiles to be healthier, more trustworthy - maybe even more professional. This indicates the many cosmetic benefits of having straight teeth, but there’s so much more involved than what meets the eye!

Making the decision to straighten your teeth is a lifestyle choice, along with being the first step in a generally improved quality of life. Let’s look at all the benefits of having a straighter smile, and why this is so important!


Believe it or Not, You’ll be Protecting Your Teeth!

Having crooked or misaligned teeth is certainly an aesthetic issue, but it doesn’t stop there. Bad bites can really wear down your teeth, causing damage and pain the longer the problem persists. This pain often comes in the form of headaches, along with the potential to develop into TMJ problems.

Fixing the problem early on, or before it can become an even bigger issue, is one of the best ways you can protect your teeth. Early detection is key, and if you notice any irregular symptoms, you should book an appointment with a specialist as soon as possible for a thorough exam and consultation.


They’ll Keep Your Oral Health in Check For Life


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Straight teeth are so much easier to clean. While teeth that are overly crowded, gapped or crooked can often present many hidden crevices that are hard to reach with a toothbrush and floss, straight teeth allow space for easy and thorough cleaning. This will protect both your teeth and your gums - in conjunction with regular visits to the dentist, of course!

With your oral hygiene intact, you’re at a much lower risk of oral diseases commonly associated with a poor cleaning routine. People with crooked teeth develop plaque and decay at a much higher rate, due to their limited ability to properly clean and maintain problem areas in the mouth.

By straightening your teeth, you’ll be actively preventing gum disease, periodontal disease, and other health complications that may jeopardize your teeth and gums.


You Might Even Save Money!

We know that orthodontic treatment isn’t necessarily cheap, but the benefits of pursuing it early on may end up saving you your pocket money!

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, prevention is key. If you take action and pursue a method of treatment early in life, whether you choose braces, Invisalign, or retainers, you could be saving yourself from having to deal with more complicated, serious issues in the future. These more complicated issues often come at a higher cost.

Fixing your teeth now will decrease the likelihood of developing any serious dental problems later in life, and will help to minimize the need to have any restorative work done.


Eating May Get a Little Easier


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Crooked teeth affect more than just your health and appearance. Depending on the severity of the problem, a crooked smile can also affect the way you chew your food.

Straight teeth have the ability to properly break down your food to make for comfortable eating, and aided digestion. Your teeth do a bit of the work when it comes to making sure your food is broken down enough to be easily digested, and straight teeth will complete this task better than a crooked smile!

Better eating means better nutrition, helping you achieve a lifetime of great overall health!


Speaking May Get a Little Easier, Too!

Believe it or not, crooked teeth also have the ability to affect your pronunciation and speech. Many patients have confirmed that once they straightened their teeth, their speech became far clearer; they were able to enunciate, and be easily understood in conversation.

Straight teeth will ensure that when you speak, you aren’t slurring your words, or being misheard by your audience. If this is something you struggled with before or during your orthodontic treatment, just imagine how much more confident you’ll be with a straight smile that allows you to speak freely, and concisely!


You’ll Be So Confident in Your Appearance


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There’s almost nothing better to wear than a straight, healthy smile - they go with any outfit, and any and every occasion!

It’s known that having a straight smile can boost your confidence, improve your self-esteem, and allow you to easily embrace situations where you’re in the spotlight. Public speaking will be easier, group events will be easier, and the once dreaded group photo ops will be a breeze!

We know that how you look is directly related to how you feel, so why not look your best? Teeth are one of the first things people take notice of when they meet you, and it’s important to give a great first impression!

Topics: Orthodontics, Invisalign, Braces

Written by Dr. Hisham Badawi

An accomplished clinician, researcher, speaker and subject matter expert, with broad, in-depth and hands-on experience in many verticals within the healthcare space including technology applications in clinical practice, clinical research, biomechanics, bioinformatics, intellectual property, software development, clinical data sciences, and healthcare data privacy regulations.

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