Everybody wants a straight, perfect smile, and for good reason. An overwhelming 97% of people consider a smile to be an important social asset, and having a well-aligned, healthy smile can boost self esteem and create a more positive self image.
But there are more benefits to having correctly aligned teeth than meet the eye. In fact, investing in alignment can improve your health in several ways.
On the most basic level, straight teeth are easier to brush and clean, which allows you to keep your smile healthy and strong. Gums can fit better around your teeth when they’re properly aligned, allowing them to protect your teeth from periodontal complications.
Misaligned teeth, on the other hand, create an increased risk for peridontal disease (which can lead to heart problems) and gum disease, which can lead to diabetes if left untreated. This means that an improperly aligned bite isn’t just dangerous to your self-esteem, it can also damage your bodily health.
Many people with incorrectly aligned teeth experience speech problems, jaw discomfort or dysfunction, and increased deterioration of the tooth enamel because of wear and tear. Crooked teeth also wear down more quickly and have a tendency to chip.
Tooth grinding is another common issue when the bite isn’t properly aligned. This can break down teeth and lead to chronic headaches and jaw pain, problems that can both be solved with proper alignment.
Poorly aligned teeth can make chewing more difficult as well, and the failure to properly break down food can ultimately cause gastrointestinal problems. Individuals with misaligned bites also have a tendency to bite cheeks or lips when eating. This can cause cuts and sores that can become infected, a risk that’s reduced when the jaw is correctly aligned.
If your jaw is misaligned, you’re not only missing out on a superstar smile, you could be putting your health at risk too. Talk to your dentist and see if aligning your teeth could help you live a happier, healthier life.