Why Straighten Teeth?

Straight teeth allow you to bite, chew and speak more efficiently than crooked teeth. Additionally, straight teeth will keep a number of ailments away more effectively. Not to mention that straight teeth are the foundation for an even, regular, healthier and aesthetically pleasing smile.

There are a number of alignment problems which call for tooth alignment and straightening, such as tooth overcrowding and malocclusion (poor bite). Malocclusion includes overbite (upper teeth are too far forward of lower teeth when you bite down), underbite (lower teeth are forward of upper teeth when you bite down) and crossbite (upper teeth are too far left, or right, of lower teeth when you bite down). Each of these alignment problems causes impaired functionality and negatively impacts your appearance.

Straight teeth are much easier to clean than crooked teeth. Crooked teeth result in some areas being difficult to clean properly. If all areas are not properly cleaned, the result is formation of pockets of bacteria, infection and, eventually periodontitis. Additionally, crooked teeth can make it impossible to achieve proper jaw alignment, which leads to a debilitating and painful condition known as Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder.

Straight teeth produce a strong wall of teeth. Crooked teeth result in all sorts of mechanical complications, such as protruding teeth and teeth that put increased, undue strain on their neighbors, resulting in a weaker wall that is much more prone to injury than a straight wall. Additionally, crooked teeth cause some teeth to work harder than others when biting or chewing, resulting in uneven tooth wear.