Why Having Straight Teeth is Important
When people think about getting straighter teeth, it is typically for an improved appearance and a better smile. While there are aesthetic reasons for getting crooked teeth straightened, improved function and an increase in oral health are other reasons to consider.
Straightening teeth that are crooked can help improve the bite. The teeth need to fit together in a precise manner in order to function properly and improve the outer appearance. A misaligned bite can lead to an increase in wrinkles on the face. In addition, an improper bite may put too much strain on facial muscles and the jaw joint, resulting in an increased risk of pain, such as headache, neck pain, and jaw pain. A properly aligned bite can help reduce wear and tear on the teeth.
Straighter teeth are easier to clean, leading to better oral health. When teeth are crooked, it is hard to get in between the teeth in tighter places, even when brushing and flossing daily. Those with crooked teeth are more likely to experience cavities, especially between the teeth, and an increased risk of developing gingivitis and periodontal gum disease issues.
In addition to traditional braces, there are other options to help straighten teeth, including Invisalign clear plastic aligners. Our expert in Invisalign in North Hollywood can help determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure or would benefit from another option. Make an appointment to see our North Hollywood cosmetic dentist to discuss your choices.
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