Why is it important to straighten crooked teeth?
There are four ways you can have problems with your teeth and straightening teeth reduces the risk of each of these problems.
-Esthetics, or the appearance of the teeth. Straight teeth typically look more beautiful than crooked teeth.
-Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and bone loss (periodontitis) around the teeth can undermine the support of the teeth. When teeth are straight the gums are far easier to clean, both at home and at the dental office. Effective cleaning helps prevent and control inflammation and bone loss.
-Excessive forces and forces in the wrong directions can cause teeth to loosen, develop abfraction damage (notches along the gum line), and chip, break, or fracture. Teeth that are properly aligned and function correctly with the opposing teeth are at lower risk of being subjected to these damaging forces.
-Cavities destroy tooth structure. Straight teeth are less likely to trap food and are easier to clean, which helps prevent cavities.