Saturday, June 15, 2013

What are the benefits of straighter teeth?

One of the most recurrent questions I have been faced with throughout my career as an Orthodontist focuses on the “why”.

“Why do we need to have our teeth straightened?” “Why should we go through a process that might be long in some extreme cases?” “What would I gain?” etc…

The benefits are actually many.
Let’s explore each one of them separately:

Balanced smile
Balanced smile

Easier Cleanings
We often notice in cases where the teeth are crooked, a high concentration of plaque and tartar. After aligning the teeth, it becomes easier to maintain a good oral hygiene and therefore the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay, and gum disease can be reduced.

Healthier Gums 
Properly positioned teeth can help gums “fit” tighter around them, which may lead to better periodontal health.
Properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss than teeth that are crooked or spaced too far apart.

Decreased Risk of Abnormal Wear and Trauma
A common situation that I often encounter is chipped and worn out teeth that are due to bad positioning within the jaw.
When teeth are properly aligned, they reduce the risk of expensive procedures required to repair the effects of abnormal force, such as tooth chipping, breaking, or wear. Furthermore, properly aligned teeth can be less stressful on the supporting jaw bone and joints.

Improved Chewing and Speech
Sometimes, speech problems may result from poorly positioned teeth and jaws. Chewing and speech can improve with the correction of the bite.

More Beautiful Smiles
A well documented fact based on many surveys and research is the added confidence people get from achieving an attractive smile. The first impression we get when we first meet someone is often influenced by their smile. Getting your teeth straightened will make you feel less self-conscious and more secure when having to smile in public!

Crooked Teeth
Crooked Teeth

Find out more on how Dr. Patrick Anhoury can help you have the perfect smile by visiting the Specialized Group Practice Website or drop by our premises in Sodeco Square, Bloc B, 10th floor, Beirut, Lebanon. Just make sure to call ahead for an appointment (landline: +961-1-612761, mobile +961-76-934344).


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