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5 Good Reasons to Straighten Crooked Teeth

You’re considering braces to correct crooked teeth but wonder if they’re worth the financial investment and time commitment. Studies show that improving your appearance can have a positive impact on how others perceive you, as well as career success. Even so, orthodontic therapy offers benefits beyond beauty.

In today’s blog, Dr. Wint will present five good reasons to justify straightening crooked teeth. If you have questions about what you read here or want to schedule a complimentary no-obligation consultation, call Harmony Orthodontics at 832-699-3683.

Let’s explore these important benefits of braces:

  1. Deter Periodontal Disease
  2. Improve Chewing & Digestion
  3. Prevent Excess Tooth Wear
  4. Correct Speech Problems
  5. Address Cosmetic Issues

Deter Periodontal Disease

Gum disease, AKA periodontal disease, is a chronic condition that afflicts about half of the population in the United States. It’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss and also increases a person’s risk of developing serious systemic health issues, including but not limited to heart disease, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory conditions, low-weight births, and diabetes complications. 

Crooked teeth make brushing and flossing less effective, and thus contribute to the potential for developing gingivitis–the earliest stage of gum disease. Without professional periodontal care, gingivitis will worsen.

Improve Chewing & Digestion

Mastication, commonly known as chewing food, is the first step in the digestive process. When food isn’t adequately broken down by teeth, the job of the stomach and colon becomes more difficult. You may experience gas, bloating, and nausea, in addition to not reaping the nutrition from the foods you consume. Crooked teeth can negatively impact the quality of chewing. By correcting bite issues with orthodontics, patients are better able to thoroughly masticate foods.

Avoid TMJ Disorder & Bruxism

TMJ disorder refers to the improper seating of one or both temporomandibular joints. When crooked teeth interfere with how upper and lower teeth fit together, the nerves and muscles around TMJs become irritated and inflamed as they struggle to hold the jaw in proper position. This often leads to bruxism, which means clenching and grinding teeth. As you can imagine, grinding your teeth contributes to premature tooth wear and breakage.

When we straighten teeth with orthodontic therapy like braces or Invisalign, and proper occlusion (bite) is achieved, the TMJs find true rest. Healthy TMJs can eliminate bruxism, as well, further improving the potential for good, long-term oral health.

Correct Speech Problems

Speech impediments stem from a variety of issues, one of which is crooked teeth. The teeth, tongue, and lips work together to form sounds. When teeth are crooked, sound distortions can occur. Because speech is an important part of our daily lives, the inability to speak properly can cause social and emotional issues in both kids and adults. Correcting the bite by straightening crooked teeth and establishing proper occlusion can eliminate related speech problems.

Address Cosmetic Issues

The most obvious benefit of wearing braces or Invisalign to correct crooked teeth is an improved smile. Studies show that a beautiful smile can make you appear:

  • More attractive
  • Friendlier
  • Healthier
  • Smarter
  • More successful

In addition, you’ll feel more confident in your appearance, so you might smile more often!

Your No-Cost, No-Obligation Consultation for Crooked Teeth Correction

Enjoy a head-turning smile, as well as the functional and health benefits of straight teeth. Call Harmony Orthodontics in Tomball, TX, today at 832-699-3683 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wint W. Tun. After reviewing x-rays and your oral health, Dr. Tun will discuss her findings and treatment options. She will also answer all of your questions so that you can make an informed decision about wearing braces or Invisalign to straighten your crooked teeth.