Straight teeth provide more than a great smile!
Teeth are like gears on a wheel. They are made to fit together in a certain way to do a certain job. If they don’t fit together, they can’t do their job, and this may lead to a variety of oral health problems.
For starters, straight teeth are easier to clean. You can remove plaque more easily when teeth are aligned. Crooked teeth offer more places for plaque to hide and get missed when brushing. Plaque buildup can result in cavities, gum inflammation (puffiness and bleeding) and ultimately, gum disease.
Even if your front teeth appear straight, there can be a problem with your bite – how all your teeth fit together.
Teeth that protrude, especially at the front of the mouth, are more prone to injury.
Added wear of teeth, chipping of teeth and teeth grinding are very common problems when an improper bite is present. An overly deep bite (when the upper teeth cover the lower teeth too much) can cause injury to the gums in front of the lower teeth or to the gums behind your upper teeth. This can make it difficult to talk and chew food efficiently and comfortably.
When the lower front teeth protrude ahead of the upper front teeth, there can be a skeletal (bone related) problem that needs to be addressed. Dr. Siu can help you determine where the problem is and how best to address it with orthodontic treatment.
The benefits of straight teeth and jaw alignment are truly important to your overall well-being.
The good news is there is a way to set yourself up for success. Dr. Tina Siu can develop a plan with you on how to get straight teeth and ensure a healthy bite is achieved by repositioning teeth within the jaw bones and ensuring they function properly.
Call us today to ask Dr. Siu to help you to create a beautiful smile to last a lifetime.