Straight teeth help to create a beautiful smile. However, straight teeth actually do so much more than provide a great smile. Teeth are made to fit together in a certain way. If they don’t fit together properly, they can’t function properly, which can lead to a variety of oral health problems. To learn more about the importance of straight teeth from Dr. Christopher Murphy and Dr. Lisa Peter Howard at Southern Maine Orthodontics, keep reading.
Straight teeth are easier to clean. It is easier to remove plaque when teeth are aligned. Additionally, crooked teeth provide more places for plaque to hide and get missed while brushing. Plaque buildup can result in cavities and gum inflammation.
Even if your teeth appear straight, it is important to pay attention to your bite and how all of your teeth fit together as well. Added wear of teeth, chipping of teeth, and teeth grinding are common problems that arise when one has an improper bite. Jawbone and joint problems can also develop, leading to TMJ pain, headaches, and migraines.
Straight teeth and jaw alignment are incredibly important to your overall well-being. Fortunately, straight teeth can be yours. An orthodontist can help you develop a plan with you to help straighten your teeth and ensure a healthy bite. To make an appointment or if you have any questions about your teeth or treatment, please contact our office.