Why Straighten Teeth?

To bite better and longer

Straight teeth help an individual to effectively bite, chew and speak. Straight teeth contribute to healthy teeth and gums ensuring a long life for your teeth. Properly aligned teeth and jaws may alleviate or prevent physical health problems and problems such as abnormal wear of tooth surfaces (see photo below), inefficient chewing function, tooth decay, gum disease (see photo below), or misalignment of the jaw joints, sometimes leading to chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck.
 

Gum disease - periodontitis  Worn teeth

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To look better

Teeth that work better also tend to look better.  An attractive smile is a wonderful asset.  It contributes to self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image—important qualities at every age.  A pleasing appearance is a vital component of self-confidence. A person's self-esteem often improves as orthodontic treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve a person’s general attitude toward life.

Before treatment After 1.5 years
A 38-year old journalist towards the end of her treatment of one and a half year involving extraction of 4 premolars

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Less prone to decay and injury

You may be surprised to learn that straight teeth are less prone to decay and injury.  As for injuries to teeth, protruding upper teeth are more likely to be broken in an accident.

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