Why Straight Teeth are the Healthiest

Published on November 14th, 2019

When we are going through the teeth-straightening process, we are all after the same end result: a straight smile and excellent bite. However, our orthodontist in Chicago may have different reasons for wanting a straight smile than you do. While straighter smiles are more aesthetically pleasing, they are also healthier. Here’s what you should know about the importance of a straight smile. 

Why Are Teeth Crooked?

First, let’s determine why most of us need to seek some sort of professional treatment in order to get a straight smile. If your jaw is too small to hold your natural teeth in a straight position, your teeth may become crooked. Factors that determine how straight your natural teeth include genetics, injuries, thumb sucking or pacifier use as a child. Our team at Lippitz Orthodontics is ready to help you achieve a straight smile!

What Conditions are Affected by Crooked Teeth?

There are a wide variety of oral health conditions that are impacted by crooked teeth, including:

  • Tooth decay: Brushing and flossing are essential to achieving and maintaining good oral health. However, if your teeth are crooked, you may have a difficult time reaching all surfaces of your teeth. In order to properly brush, you need to be able to reach the chewing surfaces in addition to the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth, all of which may be unattainable if your teeth aren’t straight. 
  • Gum disease: Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults? Remaining plaque and debris may be on the gum line as a result of inadequate brushing and flossing. Over time, this bacteria will build on itself and cause gum disease.
  • TMJ symptoms: The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint located right in front of both ears. If your teeth are crooked, they can force the lower jaw out of alignment and cause stress to this joint. 

Our orthodontist in Chicago will work with you to help you achieve a straight, healthy smile that will leave you feeling confident for years to come! Schedule an appointment with our team today.

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