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8 Benefits of Having Straight Teeth

by Dr Satish Pai(more info)

listed in dentistry, originally published in issue 247 - July 2018

 

Who else Wants Straighter Teeth and a Better Smile? 

 

Pai 247 8 Benefits of Having Straight Teeth

Having a naturally beautiful smile has a big impact on your life as it enhances how society perceives you, your personality and attractiveness. People who tend to have straight, bright and healthy teeth tend to have higher confidence and self-esteem levels. Modern technology and good orthodontic treatment allows you to have your teeth and bite corrected like millions of children, teens, and adults the world over.

 

Here are the top 8 benefits of having straight teeth

 

1.      Keeps Your Gums Healthy

Having red, swollen gums may be due to having cramped teeth but these symptoms of gum disease can be reduced with the proper alignment of your teeth. Properly aligned teeth will mean that your gums will be able to fit better around your teeth which cuts your chances of developing gum disease. The chances of developing gum diseases are higher when you have crooked teeth as they are a lot more likely to trap food in between them. The trapped food will lead to more plaque, which can lead to tooth decay. Straightening your teeth helps your gums fit better around your teeth which creates the strongest defence against periodontal disease and tooth decay.

2.      Cleaning Teeth becomes Easy

Having straighter teeth means that it is a lot easier to clean them which reduces your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Having traditional braces prohibits you from eating certain types of foods as they will get stuck in your wires and braces. Food particles can be easily trapped and hidden in the crevices of naturally uneven teeth and hence properly aligned straight teeth will be easier to clean.

3.      Clear Speech

Having straight teeth won’t limit your speech and vocabulary which will boost your confidence and increasing your speaking in front of others.

4.      Helps in Proper Chewing

Having crooked teeth compromises your chewing ability and can lead to digestive problems later on. Having straight teeth allows you to eat and chew whatever you want as well as increasing your appetite and overall health.

5.      Decreases Your Risk of Tooth Injury

Improperly aligned and crooked teeth are harder to protect against damage as they are harder to fit into a mouth-guard making them more liable to breaking, cracking or become fractured during a physical activity.

6.      Gives You Confidence

Having a great, straight and beautiful smile due to various modern teeth straightening options helps you become more comfortable in public, increases your social ease and self-esteem. Having a better looking smile increases the amount of times that you smile according to research which in turn can lead to various different health benefits like improved cognition and lower stress levels.

7.      Improves Your Overall Health

Tooth decay and gum disease which are associated with crooked teeth are negatively affected by increased blood sugar and heart disease. This can lead to bleeding gums, potential tooth loss and mouth sores. Having straight and properly aligned teeth will improve your oral healthcare and allow you to flash your natural smile.

8.      Decreases Headaches, Face Pain and Neck Pain

The uneven alignment of your teeth leads to uneven wear and tear which affect your jaw. The uneven pressure on your jaws causes chronic pressure on your gums and the bone that supports the crooked teeth which leads to headaches along with face or neck pain in the long run.

Having their crooked teeth straightened with orthodontic treatment has helped a lot of people become more sociable and confident. The impact that your teeth have on your self-esteem should not be taken lightly as a lot of people have avoided certain opportunities as they felt very self-conscious about their poor oral health. A lot of teeth straightening options are available for you to choose from to get that dream smile you want.

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About Dr Satish Pai

Dr Satish Pai MS DDS  an Ivy League trained dentist and a faculty at Columbia University believes that a perfect smile not only makes a person look great but feel great while boosting confidence.  As the founder of Putnam Orthodontics, he is dedicated to not only creating perfect smiles for his patients but also educating people with his engaging articles about all things related to a perfect smile and oral health. Spending time with his family always brings a smile to his face. In his free time, you can find him golfing, doing yoga or surfing. Dr Pai has been practising and teaching orthodontics at Columbia University, New York City for 14 years, specializing in Invisalign® Damon braces® for children, teens, and adults. Dr Satish Pai is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Orthodontics at Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine. Dr Pai completed a Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine. Dr Pai may be contacted via drp@putnamorthodontics.com    https://www.putnamorthodontics.com/

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