Most people think that the only reason to have straighter teeth is simply so they look better. While that aspect is true, that is definitely not the only reason. Instead, there are actually a few. The main reason one should consider getting their teeth straightened is because it provides them with better overall oral health.
When you have crooked teeth, you are more likely to face cavities and decay than you would with straight teeth. By straightening those teeth, your chances of these problems decrease dramatically.
How Straight Teeth Are Healthier TeethStraight teeth do not have overlaps to them. They sit nicely side-by-side, making them far easier to clean. If you have even two teeth that overlap each other instead of sitting beside each other, that is the perfect place for tartar to become plaque and tooth decay to run rampant. Once you have tooth decay in one tooth, it can spread to other teeth, including ones that you thought were totally healthy.
Straight teeth are also easier to floss between. If you neglect flossing, you will wind up with cavities between your teeth. Having overlapping or crooked teeth is no excuse to ignore dental health. By having the teeth shift into a new, healthy location, you get the opportunity to improve your oral health on top of having a more confident smile that you can be proud of.
Talk to your dentist at your next exam to find out if he or she thinks your teeth would benefit from being straightened. Your teeth may not have any of those specific overlaps that cause a problem. However, most people do have those struggles. Find out your dentist’s thoughts and let them guide you to the best route for your optimal oral health.
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