Why Have Straight Teeth?

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Why Have Straight Teeth?

As I watched The Imitation Game and noticed the need for orthodontic treatment among a few of the actors, I wondered why straight teeth are important to some, yet, unimportant to others.  Personally, I look at teeth first when I meet someone…then, eyes.  Clearly, if I am looking at teeth while watching a film, I went into the right profession.

So why do we promote straight teeth?  Most importantly, it looks better, especially on a large screen 10 times life size!  But the real answer is that orthodontic treatment can correct problems like underbites, overbites, crossbites, crowded teeth, incorrect jaw positions, and disorders of the jaw joints.  Orthodontists are trained to treat and correct malocclusions (bad bites).  If left untreated, these problems can result in biting and chewing problems, recession of the gums and gum disease (which can eventually lead to tooth loss), tooth decay, and even headaches and earaches.  Correcting the bite gives a more stable position for the teeth, which makes them easier to clean, easier to take care of, and you can keep them longer, which will allow you to eat a steak when you are 70 years old!

I have a friend practicing orthodontics in England and he always gives us a hard time about how people WANT straight teeth in the US, he can’t believe that!  He blames Hollywood!

So, not only does orthodontic treatment give you a great smile, it also prevents future dental problems later in life.  You don’t really have to take care of all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep!

Sharon Lee Mason, DDS, MS