There’s a lot of benefits of having straight teeth. Not only does it help ou bite, chew, and speak more effectively, it can help improve your smile and boost your confidence. In addition, it can help avoid an array of dental problems.
Misalignment of teeth or malocclusion such as underbite, overbite, crossbite and overcrowding can greatly impact its functionality and appearance. Here are some of the common disorders related to crooked teeth:
Periodontitis - Also referred to as gum disease, periodontitis starts with a bacterial infection due to bad oral health. Because of the misalignment, crooked teeth are difficult to clean effectively, which means that plaque, debris and bacteria build-up can happen quickly in hard-to-reach areas.
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ) - TMJ is a painful and debilitating disorder that causes jaw pain, severe headache, teeth grinding and lockjaw. Crooked teeth contribute to this disorder because of improper jaw alignment.
Tooth injury - Because crooked teeth usually protrude, it is usually weaker and more vulnerable to injury. Straight teeth, on the other hand, creates a stronger wall that protects it from external injuries.
Uneven wear - If your teeth are crooked, some of your teeth may work harder when chewing and biting, which adds strain to your teeth.
There are several ways to straighten one’s teeth including custom aligning trays and
orthodontic braces. Orthodontic braces are attached to the teeth within a specific timeframe. The archwires and brackets are tightened on a regular basis and eventually removed. For most malocclusion types, fixed braces that are placed at the back or front side of the teeth are most effective.
For less severe malocclusion, aligning trays are better options. These are fully removable and require less time. The trays are replaced regularly during the duration of the treatment.
For any questions regarding teeth straightening and orthodontics, don’t hesitate to ask your orthodontist.