The Social Aspect
It may not be fair but appearance does matter. In a recent study by Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign, 1047 Americans took a survey to evaluate their perception of someone’s level of success by contrasted images of men and women with straight or crooked teeth. Facial images with straight teeth were perceived to be 58% more likely to be successful.
Teeth that are crowded or overlap create small spaces between the teeth that are difficult to clean effectively. This can cause a build-up of bacteria and plaque and can lead to decay and gum disease. Going through orthodontic treatment, can help prevent many oral health issues later.
The alignment of your teeth plays an important role in your speech. When a child’s teeth lean too far forward or backward, a speech impediment may develop causing embarrassment or frustration. Orthodontics ensures the teeth are at the appropriate position to make sounds and speech normally.
Bone and tissues begin to erode when there are no teeth to support them. Poorly aligned teeth can create gaps or spaces or exert too much force when biting causing the same kind of bone erosion. A good bite is recommended for the long term health of bone and tissue levels.
And of course, your teeth are designed to begin the digestion process by chewing your food. A poor bite, large gaps or misaligned teeth can disrupt the digestion process.