Think a straight smile is just for looks? Think again. Longmont dentist Dr. Amy Farmer shares five ways how straightening your teeth can lead to a healthier, happier life.
1. A Healthier Mouth
Crooked teeth are more difficult to keep clean and healthy. When the mouth is crowded, there are more areas for bacteria to flourish and hide, areas that are hard to reach even with proper brushing and flossing. The gums are also at risk of infection; periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums caused by bacteria buildup. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to loss of bone, gum tissue and eventually teeth.
2. Prevent Fracturing
Protruding or crooked teeth are more susceptible to fracturing and other forms of trauma. They are more likely to be broken during an accidental fall, a sports related injury or car accident. An uneven bite caused by crooked teeth can also cause chipping or breaking, as well as jaw pain and headaches.
3. Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Misaligned teeth as well as bad oral hygiene can compromise your oral health. Inflammation of the mouth caused by bacteria can lead to inflammation in the body. Research shows oral infections increase the risk of serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pneumonia.
4. More Opportunities
A recent study found teeth are one of the first features people notice when meeting someone. The study also found people with straight teeth were perceived to be more successful, both socially and professionally. If you have crooked, misaligned teeth, you are more inclined to hide your smile, or even avoid talking. As a result, other people may perceive you as unapproachable, and this can affect your ability to connect with others, in both professional and social settings.
5. Boost Your Self-Confidence
Do crooked teeth stop you from smiling in the mirror or for the camera? Anything less than a stellar smile can put a damper on your confidence and mood. Some people may become withdrawn or reluctant to smile or even open their mouth because they’re self-conscious of the appearance of their teeth. Straightening your teeth can help you gain a more attractive smile, one that you’re proud to show off.
To learn more about your teeth straightening options, reach out to Longmont’s premier dentist, Dr. Amy Farmer. She will gladly meet with you and answer all of your questions. Please schedule a personal consultation today by calling (303) 776-1480.