Smile is important as it most time represent an outward expression of happiness, joy and satisfaction. Smiling however involves revealing of the teeth most especially the front teeth. Whenever one smiles, at least 12-20 out of 32 teeth would show. When the teeth are well arranged and healthy, smiling usually come naturally. Your smile has a strong influence on your relationships with people.

Man has searched for ages on methods to achieve a perfect smile and different interventions have been sought like whitening of the teeth, wearing of braces to properly align the teeth etc. Most often correction of teeth arrangement is usually thought to improve only the smile but studies have shown that it is beyond that. Fixing your teeth arrangement prevents and corrects a wide range of oral health issues aside your smile. Issues that can arise from disarrangement of teeth include;

TOOTH DECAY & GUM DISEASES

Daily tooth brushing with the use of a fluoride toothpaste reduces the chance of having dental caries (tooth decay) and also remove debris from the teeth preserving the periodontal tissues (gum) health. Severely crowded (overlapping) teeth are usually difficult to clean, mechanical removal of bacterial plaque (food debris) – the major cause of chronic gum infections from misaligned teeth demands a great deal of patient dexterity as there are many hiding places for bacteria to live. This implies that teeth that are in a more optimal alignment are easier to brush, easier to floss and easier to maintain. Therefore tooth decay and gum diseases are kept under control.

INJURIES TO FRONT TEETH

Studies have shown that proclined (pointing) incisors are more susceptible to accidental injury. When accidental falls occur or falls during certain contact sports e.g. football, basketball etc. Fractures of the front teeth are very likely with such teeth, this is because your lips cannot completely seal the mouth and protect the teeth.

CHEWING DIFFICULTIES

Chewing of food properly is a very important step required for food digestion. Chewing helps breakdown of food into smaller particles making it easier for nutrient absorption. Chewing or biting can be more challenging when the teeth are not well aligned. Pain and discomfort can arise when eating hard foods.

SPEECH DIFFICULTIES

Speech difficulties are commonly experienced by people with misaligned teeth .An example is the Lisp (difficulty with production of sounds (“s” or “z”)) can occur. Distortion during production of sounds like /f/, /v/ is also a common occurrence .the severity of this speech difficulties vary with the different types of teeth arrangement.

In conclusion, correction of teeth disarrangement should not be viewed from the point of only giving a perfect smile, but as a means of preventing, intercepting and correcting teeth misalignment.

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