Orthodontic treatment is one of the most popular treatments for children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults throughout the United States. People understand that the appearance of their smile has a huge impact on their entire life. While it may not seem fair, those with a beautiful, straight smile are often promoted more frequently, often have more friends, and are generally more “accepted” in different areas of life. However, a straight smile is more than just a pretty accessory. A straight smile provides your mouth and your overall life with huge benefits.
The teeth are just one component of your mouth. Your mouth also contains your tongue, gum tissues, jawbones, saliva, and the means for you to eat and drink. When one portion of your mouth does not function at its highest level, the entire mouth feels the negative impact. When the teeth are crooked, crowded, or even gapped, the whole smile is vulnerable to decay. Flossing and brushing misaligned teeth are incredibly challenging, and when difficult to reach areas remain caked in plaque and tartar, the entire mouth begins to suffer. Plaque and tartar lead to cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Straightening your smile helps protect against these dental problems.
When the teeth are correctly aligned, you have an efficient bite. When the teeth are aligned correctly, they allow for clear speaking, proper chewing, and strong jaw performance. A misaligned bite can lead to TMJ problems, discomfort in the mouth, headaches, earaches, and more.
When you are proud of your smile, you show it off. However, if you are constantly hiding your smile because of embarrassment, it is negatively impacting your life. Improving the appearance of your smile will have a tremendous impact on your self-confidence, affecting every aspect of your life.
At Montevallo Family Dentistry, we are here to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.
Posted on Behalf of Montevallo Family Dentistry