Orthodontics is the specialist area of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of dental and facial irregularities occurring in children and adults. It deals primarily with straightening teeth and correcting how they meet. It is also concerned with the growth and development of the teeth, jaws, and face. There are many benefits associated with straight teeth:
Healthy Teeth and Gums
Crooked teeth can lead to an increase in tooth decay and gum disease. When teeth are straight, they are generally easier to keep clean. This reduces your susceptibility to tooth decay and gum disease.
Straight teeth and a beautiful smile often increases self confidence and self esteam. This has been backed up by studies that show people with straighter teeth have improved confidence, appear more attractive and have more successful at securing the jobs they desire.
Easier Teeth Cleaning
Food can easily get trapped in gaps between teeth and around crooked teeth that overlap. Straighter teeth attract less debris and are easier to maintain.
More comfortable chewing
In some case, irregular teeth can cause problems with how you bite, effecting your ability to chew properly. Over time these bite problems may cause jaw pain and headaches. Orthodontic treatment aims to correct your bite as well as to straighten them.
When teeth stick out too far they are at an increased risk of being injured if you sustain a blow to your face.
General Health Benefits
Inflamed gums are increasingly being associated with an increased risk to developing diabetes and heart disease, so maintaining your oral tissues in good health is highly recommended. Straight teeth helps you achieve this.