What's Healthier About Straight Teeth?

What's Healthier About Straight Teeth?
Are your teeth less straight than you’d like them to be?

Have you been considering braces or other orthodontic work to correct your crooked teeth?

Did you know there are many health benefits to having straight teeth?

When it comes to oral care, we know you want treatment from qualified, experienced, and friendly professionals who are invested in your smile. The idea of orthodontic treatment can be scary for some adults, but don’t worry, you’re not alone!

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, “the number of adult patients increased 14% in a 2-year period from 2010 to 2012, to a record high of 1,225,850 patients ages 18 and older.”

Your dentist or orthodontist may recommend orthodontic treatment for many reasons, including to correct malocclusion (bad bite), to straighten teeth that are out of alignment, or to compensate for jaws that don’t meet properly. According to Colgate, “correcting the problem can result in better oral health because crooked and crowded teeth can make daily oral hygiene difficult. Over time, this may lead to tooth decay, and possibly tooth loss.”

Correcting misaligned teeth has many health benefits, such as:

•    Healthier gums – it’s easier to brush and floss around properly aligned teeth. Crooked teeth are more likely to create pockets that can trap bacteria.

•    Improved oral hygiene – Straight teeth reduce plaque retention and tooth decay.

•    Less wear and trauma – Properly aligned teeth reduce the risk of tooth chipping, breaking, and overall wear, which can require expensive procedures to repair. Straight teeth will also take the stress off your jawbones and temporomandibular joint (TMJ), reducing any pain you may feel.

You should talk to your orthodontist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, as they could be signs of a bigger problem due to misaligned teeth:

•    Habitually biting your lips, cheeks, or tongue
•    New lisping or other speech changes
•    Excessive chipping or wearing of teeth
•    Jaw pain
•    Headaches

Looking for More Information about Teeth Straightening in Ann Arbor?

We work hard to bring the best possible orthodontic practices to our patients like you in Ann Arbor! Our doctors are highly trained, friendly, and always ready to assist when you have questions.

If you want to fix your smile to feel more confident, or correct a painful crowding problem, contact Stieper and Brust Orthodontics today! Our team of orthodontists in Ann Arbor can help you with targeted procedures for teeth straightening, including braces and Invisalign. Please call us to schedule an appointment, or use our convenient online appointment request form.