Smile – Teeth Straightening
The Understated Advantage of Teeth Straightening: Improved Oral Health
Usually, when we hear about braces or teeth straightening, the treatment is almost always associated with cosmetic improvements. Unfortunately, even dentists and orthodontists sometimes fail to convey a much more important and practical reason for considering the treatment, which is improved oral health.
Anycase of malocclusion, aka crooked teeth, can cause health problems, and depending on the severity, there might even be more serious health complications to think about. If you have ever thought about teeth straightening before but found it to be only cosmetic in their effects, we are about to give you a few reasons to reconsider.
Higher Chances of Tooth Decay
Even someone with perfectly straight teeth can end up with tooth decay if they are not careful about maintaining dental hygiene on a daily basis. However, malocclusions increase our chances of tooth decay, even if we do maintain our daily oral hygiene routine. When there’s unusual positioning of one or more teeth in an oral cavity, not all parts of every tooth can be cleaned easily or properly. Over time, those uncleaned sections will develop a significant plaque build-up, which would consequently lead to bacterial acids, slowly rotting away the enamel.
Higher Chances of Developing Tooth Cavities
Cavities are an advanced effect of what we already discussed in the point above. Tooth decay in its early stages can be easily treated, and in case it is a direct result of having crowded teeth, straightening them would reduce chances of future instances as well. However, when left untreated long enough, the acid will continue to eat away into the teeth until there’s no enamel left. The hole created as a result of that is known as a cavity and it can lead to permanent tooth loss as well.
Very High Chances of Developing Gingivitis
Bacterial plaque does not only erode the enamel, but it can also infect our gums, leading to gingivitis. Gingivitis is a preliminary gum disease that causes the patient to develop swollen, painful gums initially, and will turn into periodontitis unless treated at an early stage. People with malocclusions often develop gum diseases because of their inability to brush and clean their teeth properly, but it’s not the only reason, unfortunately.
The gingiva sulcus is tiny, natural gaps that exist between each tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. It is common for people with misaligned teeth to have more space between their teeth and gum, which in combination with the difficulty of keeping those gaps clean of plaque build-up, makes gingivitis a very difficult disease to avoid.
Gingivitis Can Lead to Periodontitis
Gingivitis is only the preliminary stage of gum disease, which can be treated in time to stop the infection from developing into an even bigger threat to oral health, called periodontitis. By the time a gum infection progresses enough to become advanced gingivitis or periodontitis, the bacterial plaque will have hardened into a highly infectious form of bacterial tartar.
At this point, the infected tooth or teeth will slowly begin to lose their attachment with the surrounding gum tissue. The loosened tooth/teeth will eventually fall out if not treated in time. Instances of advanced gum disease will cause pain, bleeding, irritation, damage to the gum, and even loss of bone mass from the jaw itself.
Halitosis, aka bad breath, is not exactly a disease by itself, but rather a very prominent sign of gum disease. If there’s an infection between your teeth and the gum, growing more severe with each passing day that it remains neglected, then bad breath is inevitable, and no amount of mouth fresheners can help solve that problem, especially not in the long term.
Crooked Teeth are More Likely to Become Sensitive
After a certain age, anyone can develop teeth sensitivity, whether they have crooked teeth or not. However, those with an underbite, overbite, crossbite, overjet, misaligned jawbones, or any other similar misalignment(s), are far more likely to develop tooth sensitivity at an early age. Even children below the age of ten are susceptible to tooth sensitivity if they have particularly bad cases of untreated crowded teeth.
This happens because of enamel loss and, as already explained, enamel loss due to plaque and tartar formation is a common problem faced by those that have malocclusions. There is an additional element that adds to enamel loss, and it’s directly related to the misalignments themselves.
Under normal circumstances, our upper and lower set of teeth are supposed to open and close properly without friction, each time we chew, bite or talk. As a misalignment of teeth and jaw hinders that natural movement, it is found that some upper and lower set of teeth will come in constant contact with each other forcibly, while biting, chewing, or talking. The repeated clash between the two sets can and often does lead to what is known as tooth erosion. On top of that, malocclusions tend to make people subconsciously grind their teeth. In some rare cases, people are found to be grinding their teeth even as they sleep.
On account of these involuntary actions and effects brought on by crowded or misaligned teeth, enamel loss is accelerated to an unnatural rate. Once the enamel loss becomes severe enough, the tooth will turn into a highly sensitive and painful cause for distress. Every tooth has a pulp and root with nerves in it, and it’s the outer layers that protect the soft parts inside. If the layer is eroded enough, the nerves within start to gain sensation, which is what sensitive teeth really are.
For our digestive system to be able to breakdown and absorb solid food, it must be chewed down properly. Unfortunately, that can be difficult, or even painful for someone with crooked teeth. Poor chewing leads to poor digestion and other related complications of the digestive system, such as acid reflux, indigestion and sometimes, malnutrition. In the case of children, this can hinder their growth during the developmental years, but even adults are not immune to the effects of poor digestion by any means.
Most Common Question: Can I Straighten My Teeth as an Adult?
Contrary to popular belief, straightening a child’s teeth is far more complex than straightening adult teeth. Not only can you straighten your teeth after reaching adulthood, but you can do so at home, without paying excessive orthodontic charges. All you need to do is order an impression kit from Straight My Teeth, and then follow their instructions, so that they can get access to all your dental information. Straight My Teeth needs this for assessing the situation, and once their orthodontists / dentist have your dental impressions, they will let you know how much improvement you can expect and how soon. In most instances, people see impressive results from their customised set of clear aligners within just 6 months time, but it may vary.
If you have crooked teeth, it is important that you consider sorting them out as soon as possible, before the more severe complications can influence your wellbeing. The fact that a symmetrical smile makes us feel more confident about everyday life is a bonus, but there are also enough serious health concerns associated with crooked teeth to make teeth straightening a priority for a lot of us, who may not even realise that fact in time.
Posted by: Sarah Dixon | Posted on: February 9, 2021 | Posted in: HEALTH & WELLBEING