People decide to get braces for various reasons, but the main reason being they just want straight teeth. Let’s face it, straight teeth look great! They instill the patient with new self-confidence, making the person want to smile more. But there is more to having straight teeth than just aesthetics. There are important benefits to having straight teeth, from better digestion to less head and neck pain to better mental and emotional health.
At Kanning Orthodontics, we see the impact straight teeth have on our patients every day. We can see the transformations from start to finish, and we hear from patients long afterward about how their newly straight teeth have changed their lives and overall health. Let’s look at some of the benefits of straight teeth.
Emotional and Mental Health: A Self-Esteem Boost
The biggest change we see is the emotional and mental impacts straight teeth have on our patients. Patients who have spent their lives with crooked teeth often tell us how they used to hide their smiles, or they just didn’t smile much at all.
It’s a different story once their teeth are straight. Our patients love their new smiles, and they like showing them off. Time and again, our patients have talked about how their new smiles have given them new self-confidence. This leads to an improvement in their emotional and mental health, and it’s a great thing to see!
Straight Teeth Improve Digestion
Straight teeth make it easier to chew your food, and chewing is the start of digestion. The better you chew your food, the less work your stomach and intestines have to do. It also speeds up the whole digestion process because the food can move through the stomach faster and easier. You also absorb more nutrients when you can digest your food properly. You also have fewer stomach issues when you chew food properly. In this way, straight teeth not only improve your digestion but also improve your overall health.
Straight Teeth Improve Speech
Speech therapists will tell you that teeth are an important part of your speech, just as your tongue and lips are. Crooked teeth can make speech more difficult because the tongue doesn’t fall where it’s supposed to as you speak. Straightening your teeth can make your speech clearer.
Straight Teeth Prevent Head and Neck Pain
Crooked teeth can cause increased pressure on your jaw as you chew and lead to jaw misalignment. That can cause pain in your jaw and neck that builds over time. This can lead to headaches and facial aches.
When we straighten your teeth, we also align them properly. This reduces excess pressure to your jaw and joints, particularly the temporomandibular joint where your upper and lower jaws meet. You’ll probably find that you have fewer headaches and migraines, as well as less neck pain.
Straight Teeth Make Oral Health Better
Straighter teeth make it a lot easier to maintain great oral health, which we can see improves your overall health. Straight teeth are easier to floss and brush, which means less gum disease and tooth decay.
Straighter teeth also mean less wear and tear on your teeth and fewer chances of cracks and chips in the teeth. Crooked teeth not only put more pressure on your jaws but also your gums and the teeth themselves. This added pressure can lead to excessive wear and tear on your teeth and gums. It can also lead to more cracks and chips in your teeth. Straightening your teeth reduces this excessive stress and lessens the chances of cracks and chips.
Starting the Journey to Straighter Teeth
As you can see, straighter teeth improve your oral health, improve your speech and improve emotional and mental health. These benefits can improve your overall health. If you’d like to start your journey toward better overall health, Kanning Orthodontics is ready to guide you. We want what’s best for our patients regarding their treatment and their self-esteem, which is why we offer clear braces and clear aligners as treatment options.
If you’d like to find out more about how straighter teeth could help you, begin with a free consultation online. We’ll use the information to schedule a free, no-obligation examination in our Liberty, MO, or Kansas City, MO, office. We can have you happy and healthy with straighter teeth in no time!