Straight teeth are often seen as a big part of a “perfect” smile. Perhaps more importantly, however, is the fact that they are also an important part of a healthy smile. That’s not to say that having straight teeth is a guarantee that your gums are healthy and strong, of course, but it is a good indication that the patient in question is taking care of their oral hygiene. Aside from their pleasing appearance, however, do straight teeth also have any real benefit when it comes to oral health? As it turns out, they do!
Many people have their teeth straightened, be it via braces or another method. Sometimes they do this because it seems like the “normal” thing to do. They have them straightened because they like the way it looks or are self-conscious about the way their teeth look. It’s a fairly common step to take, especially when individuals are adolescents and their teeth are still growing. As it turns out, however, straightening your teeth is one way to help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease. That’s huge! You can help ensure that your oral health is protected by taking the simple step of straightening your teeth. But why is that?
When it comes to oral health, crooked teeth can be a big indicator that something isn’t right. In fact, many patients with crooked or impacted teeth are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease than patients with straight teeth. This is because these particular issues can result in “pockets” that are more susceptible to the development of bacteria and infection. Sometimes, straightening teeth can even help resolve these issues, although that’s a discussion that is dependent upon the doctor and patient in question and is not always the case.
Regardless, straightening your teeth is a great way to help reduce your risk of developing issues like periodontal disease. Keeping them clean and orderly, and consistently practicing good oral hygiene, is yet another way to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy. Having straighter teeth makes these habits easier to develop and maintain.
If you’re interested in talking to someone about potentially straightening your teeth, take some time and contact Smile Designs today! We always have time to discuss options with you, whether you’re a new patient or a current patient. Feel free to call us at 561.798.7807.