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Do straight teeth matter?

There are a number of benefits to straightening crooked or crowded teeth.

Many people choose to undergo orthodontic treatment in order to achieve a straighter, more symmetrical smile. But do straight teeth really matter? The reality is that there is more to orthodontic treatment than enjoying an aesthetically pleasing smile. In fact, crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can lead to a variety of oral health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and even jaw pain. Orthodontic treatment can correct these issues and improve your overall oral health. Read on to find out more about the benefits of straightening your teeth, and which treatments are available…

Orthodontic treatment improves oral health

If you have crooked or crowded teeth, you will know that they can be difficult to clean thoroughly. Inadequate oral hygiene can lead to a number of serious issues, such as tooth decay, cavities and dental erosion, especially if plaque is left to accumulate on the surface of the teeth and along the gum line. By having your teeth straightened, it is possible to improve your oral health and make proper brushing and flossing much easier to achieve.

Orthodontics improves oral function

Individuals who struggle with malocclusions of the teeth and jaws often have difficulty with oral functions like chewing and speaking. Bite-related concerns often cause excessive stress on the teeth, gum and jaws, which can lead to discomfort and pain.

For these reasons, it is advisable that you have bite alignment problems addressed. By doing so, you will feel relief from painful symptoms and be able to eat and speak in comfort.

Some of the most common types of malocclusions that can be resolved by means of orthodontic treatment include jaw problems that are causing a dysfunctional bite; protrusion of the upper or lower front teeth; gaps between the teeth; and overcrowded teeth.

Straight teeth are beautiful teeth

Besides the health benefits to straightening one’s smile, there are also cosmetic advantages to undergoing orthodontic treatment. If you have crowded, crooked or protruding teeth, you may choose to seek treatment in order to achieve a straighter, more symmetrical smile. A straight, healthy smile often goes a long way in improving one’s overall appearance.

What are the treatment options?

There are a number of orthodontic solutions available and the type that you choose will depend on your particular concerns, needs and goals.

Braces remain one of the most popular orthodontic treatments as they are reliable and able to resolve a broad range of issues. Braces work by exerting pressure on the teeth, forcing them to move into new positions over time.

Another popular option, Invisalign is a straightening system that involves the use of a series of clear aligners. The aligners are virtually invisible and are often particularly appealing to patients who are looking for a discreet alternative to traditional braces.

If you would like to straighten your teeth but are not sure which treatment is best for you, it is a good idea to consult with your orthodontist. They will let you know how complex your orthodontic needs are, and guide you through the treatment that is most appropriate for you.

How can we help?

At Kitchener Street Dental, we offer a number of orthodontic treatments designed to help patients with irregular teeth alignment and jaw function. If you have an orthodontic concern that you would like addressed, we encourage you to come in and see us so that we can get to know your particular needs. We will examine your teeth, supporting tissues, face and jaw and customise a treatment plan to meet your needs and aesthetic goals.

Our orthodontic services include myofunctional therapy and appliances; Invisalign; Insignia Advanced Smile Design; and Damon system braces.

If you would like to find out more about the orthodontic services that we provide at Kitchener Street Dental in Toowoomba, please have a look here.

If you would like to come in and see us, book an appointment here or give us a call on 07 4638 5111.

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