When most people think of reasons to consider straightening their teeth with braces, they automatically think of how braces will make their smile more attractive. While this is certainly their chief advantage,
orthodontic treatment can also help improve the health of your teeth and gums. As if you needed another reason to make an investment in your smile!
Crooked Teeth and Jaw Pain
When the teeth are in proper alignment, they fit together when you bite, chew, and move your jaw. This ensures that stress and wear inflicted by these movements does not fall squarely on certain teeth and not on others. Teeth that have shifted out of place or are naturally crooked interfere with this process. Yet your teeth are not the only part of your mouth that suffer as a result. The muscles and joints of your jaw must also endure greater stress. Sometimes this contributes to a TMJ disorder, which results in jaw pains, tension headaches, popping and locking of the jaw, and stiffness.
More Hard-to-Reach Areas
When teeth are crowded together, brushing and flossing are especially difficult, which means the teeth and gums tend to suffer. Brushing your teeth cleans plaque from the surface, while flossing removes bacteria and food that have become trapped in between your teeth and around the gums. You might find that floss does not slide between teeth easily or that it shreds. The bristles of your toothbrush may not reach these cramped areas, allowing plaque to form and harden into tartar. This in turn increase your risk of cavities and periodontal disease.
Crooked Teeth Can Weaken Teeth
Your jaw is not the only structure that is adversely affected by misaligned teeth. When the teeth are forced to withstand the added stress that comes with improper alignment, they tend to become much weaker over time. The enamel may erode, leading to sensitivity and a higher risk of tooth decay. Others find that the teeth are much more susceptible to damages such as chips or cracks.
About Your Columbia Family Dentist
For more information about family dentistry and orthodontic treatment, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Foster, contact us by calling 931-388-3384. We welcome residents of Columbia, Lewisburg, Lawrenceburg, Hohenwald, Centerville, Pulaski, and the surrounding communities.