Does Having Straight Teeth Matter?
The health of your teeth is always a priority, but we also value your confidence in the beauty of your smile too. Sometimes, the two are more related than you may think. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, there are many more benefits than straight teeth alone (though we know that’s a pretty great benefit!). Treating your smile with braces or an alternative can positively impact the alignment of your bite, decrease your risk of gum disease and cavities, and boost your self-confidence.
The “bite” of your mouth is how we describe the way your upper and lower arch of teeth come together when you open and close your mouth. If you have a “bad bite” (clinically known as a ‘malocclusion’) , the effects can be the source of many physical problems: difficulty chewing, breaking, speaking, headaches, uneven wear on teeth, and sleep apnea. Orthodontic treatment can address not only the alignment of your teeth, but also your entire jaw. We can adjust your upper and lower arches into correct alignment to relieve any uncomfortable symptoms you may be experiencing.
Disadvantages of a Crooked Smile
Misaligned or crowded teeth can spell trouble when it comes to the hygiene of your bite. Crooked teeth provide cavity-inducing bacteria ample room to hide, even if you are diligently brushing and flossing your pearly whites. Untreated, individuals with misaligned teeth have an increased risk of developing dental caries, halitosis, and gum disease. Straight teeth are easier to care for, and facilitate healthier gums and bone tissue, as well as a happier smile!
Misaligned teeth are common sources for confidence and esteem issues. In some cases, individuals may even be ridiculed or bullied due to the appearance of their teeth. Your smile should not be a source of stress, they should be the source of happiness! Making the decision to improve your smile is a big one, but the effects can be profound beyond just a simple straightening.
If you think you may benefit from orthodontic treatment, call us for a consultation! We are always happy to speak openly with you and address your individual needs.
Dr. Pedro Alquizar
Miami Orthodontist Group
Miami, FL 33176