If you are thinking about getting your teeth straightened, you may be wondering if there are any health benefits to getting braces.
The biggest benefit for getting braces is the most obvious one, and likely the reason you are considering it in the first place.You like the way it looks to have straight, well-aligned teeth.
But apart from the mental boost you will get from having your smile look the way you want it to, there are other less obvious benefits as as well.
When teeth are straight, they are easier to keep clean. Overlapped teeth often have little nooks and crannies that are harder to reach with a toothbrush, such as in the picture below.
All teeth have a little triangle of space between them which you are supposed to clean with floss. But when teeth are angled incorrectly, the space between them can be either too large to clean adequately with floss, or can be too tight for easily slide floss through.
Teeth are designed to work together in a very specific way. When they are not aligned properly, it can cause stress on the teeth if the pressure created when you bite, chew, or slide your teeth is not directed in the most favorable way.
Over a lifetime of use, teeth will wear. We normally think about this in terms of the upper and lower teeth wearing against each other, but adjacent teeth wear against each other as well!