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Why it is important to have your teeth aligned

There is no doubt that a smile in which impeccable and well-aligned white teeth are exhibited causes a very good first impression, to which the aesthetic objective is the one that generally guides people to undergo orthodontics. However, taking care that all the teeth are in place and that they fit together when we close our mouths is also an important health issue.


So, although an orthodontic treatment can be long and uncomfortable, with it we not only invest in presenting ourselves better to others, but also in improving our oral health and, therefore, saving us dental treatments in the future.


Next we will discover some of these advantages for our health, the following two aspects being the most important.



The mouths of some people are too small and this causes the teeth to crowd and move into crooked positions.


Aligning the teeth reduces the possibility of suffering from periodontal disease, since it facilitates the cleaning of the teeth, especially the interdental spaces. Having well-aligned teeth also minimizes plaque buildup in teeth and is a tool for preventing tooth decay.


Oral hygiene not only results in good oral health, but in general health: poor oral hygiene can cause Alzheimer's, cancer and heart disease, among other health problems.



Occlusion refers to the alignment of the teeth and how they fit the upper and lower teeth (the so-called bite). The upper teeth should fit or fit slightly over the lower ones, and the tips of the molars should fit in the grooves of the opposite molars.


A defective occlusion usually has a hereditary origin, but there are other factors that can lead to it, such as maintaining some habits during childhood: sucking your finger, pressing your teeth with your tongue or using a bottle or pacifier after three years.


Having your teeth properly aligned helps us, for example, to keep the upper teeth from biting the cheeks and lips and the lower teeth protecting the tongue.


Having well-aligned teeth also reduces the likelihood of bruxism, an affectation that has many negative consequences for the entire masticatory system, such as progressive wear of teeth. This increases the risk of a tooth breaking and can reduce the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders.


Finally, a bad alignment of the teeth, in some cases, can lead to poor chewing, which will prevent us from properly crushing the food giving rise to digestive problems or a poor assimilation of nutrients.



Problems with teeth alignment are easier, faster and less expensive to treat when corrected in time. In addition to the use of orthodontics, some teeth alignment problems can be corrected by removing one or more teeth (for example, if there is a dental crowding). In other cases, the problem lies in the lack of some dental pieces, so that the solution will go through the replacement of the teeth, using dental prostheses or implants


You can also make use of wires, plates or screws to stabilize the jaw bone, or repair irregular or broken teeth by inserting a crown or veneer.


Thus, despite the fact that most people have irregularities in the alignment of dental pieces, a regular visit to the dentist will allow them to be detected and, through proper treatment, corrected forever and on time. This way we can exhibit a perfect denture while avoiding future health problems.

Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


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