Is Having Straight Teeth Important?

Do you think having straight teeth is important? According to a study done in 2016, eight out of ten American adults believe that there is some value in having straight teeth. The study also showed that 80 percent of patients who had orthodontic treatment felt that straightening their teeth had a significant impact on their lives. Based on the research, the primary motivation for correcting crooked teeth and bite problems is to boost one’s self-esteem and enhance an overall appearance.

Apart from the aesthetic value, having straight teeth can also keep your oral cavity cleaner and healthier. Straight teeth allow you to better floss and brush your teeth. Proper oral hygiene can be more challenging when you have crooked teeth. Food residues could easily stick in between your teeth and gum line, which could lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Straight teeth can also improve bite functions. With proper bite function, you are improving your overall health by being able to chew and  break down food properly which is important for digestion. Straight teeth also help prevent TMJ pain, tooth decay, impaired speech and chewing problems, gum disease, and the cracking of protruding teeth upon injury.

If you believe that having straight teeth is important, consult with our orthodontic team in North York. Our team will assess your teeth and recommend the best orthodontic treatment to help you reach your goals. We believe that healthy and straight teeth are essential to your quality of life!

-The York Mills Orthodontics Team

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