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3 ways straight teeth can improve your oral health

3 ways straight teeth can improve your oral health

straight_teethHaving straight teeth means more than just having a nice smile. Teeth that are straight and look good are often healthier. Crooked teeth are caused when the size of your teeth and the size of your jaw don’t jibe. Straightening crooked teeth can help you overcome some common dental issues.

1. Cleaning straight teeth is easier

Toothbrushes and dental floss are designed for straight teeth, ones without gaps or open spaces in the between them. Crooked teeth and gaps can allow food particles to hide and bacteria to build up. The buildup of bacteria can lead to gum disease.

2. Straight teeth allow you to chew properly

If your teeth are crooked, your bite and your ability to chew food are compromised. This can lead to digestive problems, and it can overwork your jaws. When your jaws become stressed from improper chewing, you can experience pain in your jaws, your face and your head.

3. Crooked teeth can damage your teeth

If you have misaligned teeth like an overbite or similar occlusion problem, it can lead to excessive wear on the teeth as they touch. It can also become worse over time: If you have mild bite problems or crooked teeth in your youth, over the years your teeth can shift and wear down. This can lead you in middle age with a smile that looks worse than it did when you were younger.

Treatment options to straighten teeth

There was a time when braces were the only option for people who wanted straight teeth. Today, while braces are still the best method of correcting some problems, many people can have great results from other methods of orthodontics like clear aligners. Clear braces and lingual braces that go on the back of the teeth are other options. Even metal braces today are generally smaller than they were in the past.

If you have always wanted straighter teeth for a more attractive smile, you may not have known that you could also be improving your oral health by having your teeth straightened. Now that you know, you have two great reasons to call our Chestermere orthodontist now for a consultation appointment. We can answer all your questions, examine your teeth and discuss your options for getting straight and healthy teeth.

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