Many people assume orthodontics focuses only on the aesthetics of the smile, but having straight teeth actually presents several benefits. In fact, an attractive smile is only one of the positive side effects of receiving orthodontic treatment.
Teeth that are crooked or overcrowded can be difficult to keep clean, increasing your risk of harmful conditions such as tooth decay, infection, and periodontal disease. Poor alignment can also result in a poor bite when the teeth do not come together properly, which can cause wear and tear on the teeth, stress on the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), and uneven facial proportions. If the arches in your smile do not have sufficient space to accommodate all the teeth, some may become impacted, meaning they cannot erupt properly, and may need to be extracted.
When your smile is properly aligned, you enjoy a greater ability to bite, chew, and speak. Your teeth and gums are healthier, and you are at a lower risk of health problems. A healthy smile is also a beautiful smile, contributing to a higher self confidence that is important at any age.
For more information about why you should straighten your teeth in Pearl City, Hawaii, we encourage you to contact our office at 808-485-2444 and schedule a time to see our orthodontist, Dr. Erik TinHan, at TinHan Orthodontics.