It is important to straighten teeth for two reasons:
- Easy and comfortable bite: Problems with the bite can cause pain, structural problems with the jaw, jaw pain, problems with the joints in the jaw. These conditions can lead to pain in the mouth and/or problems with eating or speaking. When the bite is not even, the teeth wear down more quickly and are under more stress than teeth that are part of a well-aligned smile. This stress can lead to dental problems down the road, such as chipped, worn, or cracked teeth. In addition, crooked teeth are more difficult to clean and are therefore, more prone to infection than straight teeth. The bacteria, food particles, and plaque can become lodged or develop in places that are hard to reach with a toothbrush or dental floss.
- Appearance and self-confidence: People with straight teeth have more confidence facing the public than those with crooked or broken teeth.