There is a famous saying that goes, “Perfect smiles are always in fashion.” There is, after all, no other accessory that can brighten up a room than a set of straight, pearly white teeth. You may have seen the likes of Emma Watson and Kylie Jenner’s dental transformation over the years. They have gone a long way from their crooked adolescent teeth to red carpet-worthy smiles.

You may think that a long list of procedures is required to obtain a million-dollar smile, but it all boils down to teeth straightening. From fixing crooked or overcrowded teeth to correct bites and incorrect jaw positions, a teeth alignment procedure will significantly improve your orofacial appearance.

Modern dentistry has introduced an alternative to ugly braces — invisible aligners, which look like a set of retainers but possess the corrective power of braces. And they come with more than just cosmetic benefits. By straightening your teeth, you can save yourself from gum diseases, tooth decay, headaches, difficulties in chewing or biting, and ENT-related problems. Here are three signs that you may need to get your teeth straightened.

Difficulties in Biting or Chewing 

Biting and chewing should feel natural and painless, so if you find them challenging to do, then it is a high sign that you may need to see an orthodontist. It is pertinent that you have any problems checked right away as situations such as biting the sides of your cheeks or not being able to chew normally can be painful and cause long-term problems.

For instance, you may end up with gum sores or wounds inside your mouth, all of which will make you prone to bacteria and oral infections. Moreover, if you have excess space between your teeth, then you may also find problems with your bite or standard jaw functions. Getting teeth straightening procedure can mitigate these issues as it can re-align the position of your teeth so that they do not hit or grind against sensitive parts of your mouth. As a result, you will be able to bite and chew with ease.

Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth are visually not the prettiest and, at times, can feel physically uncomfortable. Although it may seem like an unnecessary cosmetic procedure, getting this problem fixed will significantly improve your confidence, primarily if part of your self-conscience stems from your teeth’s appearance. In this case, an invisible aligner may be the better option to straighten your teeth, as you may not be comfortable with how braces look on you.

Overbite or Underbite 

If you notice that your upper or lower jaw is too far forward and your lips do not close evenly, then it may be a sign that you have an overbite or an underbite. A dentist will usually let you know if you may need to s for this reason during a routine dental check-up.

However, there are times when a wrong bite can cause problems to your normal jaw function. For instance, you may find it difficult to talk or chew, or your jaw might always be painful. In that case, then it is pertinent that you immediately seek the help of an orthodontist to determine whether or not a straightening procedure can help you. Most of the time, custom aligners will be able to solve your problem.

Properly aligned teeth will help you both physically and mentally. There is nothing more empowering than a beautiful set of teeth that does its job well and gives you the confidence to flash a brilliant smile. Therefore, you should not skimp on the opportunity to get any imperfections fixed when needed.

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Editorial Staff, "3 Signs That You May Need to Straighten Your Teeth," in Medicalopedia, December 3, 2019, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/8041/3-signs-that-you-may-need-to-straighten-your-teeth/].