Take a moment and picture your teeth like piano keys placed in many wacky positions. For example, some protrude forward, others sink in backward and some overlap. You notice that the piano keys have not been cleaned in a while because of the nice layer of dust on top. You grab a duster and clean them. Once finished, you notice dust still remaining in the crevices. You may even notice there are some areas that look impossible to reach. This analogy is like malocclusion.
Malocclusion is a dental term. It describes the imperfect position of upper and lower teeth. This may be shocking to you, but straight teeth have way more benefits than just aesthetics. Misaligned teeth affect how you bite, chew, and speak. The magnitude of these forces exceeds beyond normal for a tooth. This causes constant stress on your teeth. This can lead to enamel wear, fracturing, and pressure on the jaw joints. Also, the abnormal stress affects the foundation of the teeth. This leads to structural and functional changes that can be provoked by poor oral hygiene.
Malocclusion causes you to have a higher increase in collecting plaque. Plaque is the colorless, sticky film composed of bacteria, food debris, and saliva. It is the daily buildup that you are able to remove with proper brushing and flossing. Plaque that is not removed increases the chances of decay and periodontal disease.
Easier plaque removal decreases your chances of decay and periodontal disease. Proper alignment may even ease or prevent physical health problems. Studies by the American Dental Association (ADA) have shown the same bacteria in plaque are present in more serious health conditions. They correlate with heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes. A confident smile goes beyond good looks. It can contribute to your overall health and well-being.
Straighter teeth can do more than give you a beautiful smile.
Our practice philosophy thinks of your mouth as a window to the health of your body. How your teeth look when you are speaking to others says a lot about your quality of care. The exciting bonus of straight teeth is that you will no longer be self-conscious of your smile. You can remove your hand from covering up your mouth, and you do not have to half-smile or grin with pursed lips. Instead, you will be beaming with stellar confidence. You have the choice to make this positive impact on your life.