Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

According to Merriam-Webster, malocclusion is an “abnormality in the coming together of teeth” and also one of the many reasons you might need orthodontic treatment. And despite what you may think about straighter teeth being purely a cosmetic concern, it’s not. While crooked, overlapping, or misaligned teeth may not look aesthetically pleasing, that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dental problems. 

At Dental Care by Design in Lacey, Washington, we see our share of crooked teeth. After all, it’s a very common characteristic among both kids and adults. For our patients who want to correct crooked or misaligned teeth to enhance their appearance, Dr. Larry Adams offers effective orthodontic solutions.  

However, it’s important to understand that orthodontics isn’t just about aesthetics. Straight teeth are healthy teeth, and proper alignment matters. Here’s why. 

Why crooked teeth happen

You can end up with crooked teeth for a variety of reasons. Sometimes permanent teeth come in crooked, and sometimes teeth move into crowded positions because your jaw is too small to accommodate all of them. Other times prolonged habits, such as thumb-sucking, can lead to misaligned teeth. 

Genetics may play a role in how perfectly straight your teeth are (or aren’t), and trauma, decay, and a misaligned jaw (malocclusion) can lead to a mouthful of crowded teeth. Other underlying causes of crooked teeth include:

In most cases, a combination of these factors leads to orthodontic problems. 

Why alignment matters

Ignoring an alignment problem isn’t a good idea though since misaligned teeth can affect your oral health, your overall health, and your self-esteem. It’s hard to brush and floss between all the surfaces of skewed teeth. It’s hard to bite and chew properly, too. 

Some problems that can arise from crooked teeth include:

Isn’t it rather amazing that simply straightening your teeth can help alleviate so many issues? 

Getting straight teeth has never been easier

Today’s advanced orthodontic treatments make it easy for nearly everyone to get straighter teeth. We proudly offer Invisalign® clear aligners so teens and adults can straighten their teeth with less hassle than traditional metal braces. Invisalign clear aligners are discreet, removable for eating and brushing, and highly effective at straightening your teeth, often in a shorter amount of time than you may have thought possible. 

Traditional metal braces are also effective at treating misalignments, although it’s a bit more challenging to brush and floss during treatment. 

Whichever alignment method you choose for yourself or your kids, the end result is that you’ll have straighter teeth, a smile you’re proud to share with others, and better oral health. Neatly arranged teeth also set you up for a lifetime of a healthy mouth and gums, potentially fewer cavities, and less complicated dental work down the road. 

If you’ve been putting off straightening your teeth, it’s time to consider taking action. Learn more by calling our friendly Lacey office at 360-207-4992, or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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