Benefits of Having Straight Teeth


Having a beautiful smile certainly looks great, and who would say no to that. However the benefits of having straight teeth are not just cosmetic. In my 23 years of experience patients want to have straight teeth for a variety of reasons. Having straight teeth impacts on our physical health, mental and emotional well-being and can even have social benefits.

Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

These include:

  • Healthier gums. Crooked or misaligned teeth are more difficult to clean. This can lead to staining and discolouration, swollen and bleeding gums, gum disease and tooth decay. Once the teeth are properly aligned the gums fit better around the teeth, brushing and flossing becomes easier.
  • Reduces risk of tooth injury. Protruding teeth are at a significantly increased risk of damage from trauma. I see many patients that having suffered an injury from a fall or knock and sports injuries. Any damage is permanent and will require re-treatment in the future.
  • Eliminates problems associated with an improper bite. If the teeth do not meet properly this can lead to problems with speech, eating, excessive wear, jaw joint problems, headaches and neck pain.

Boost Your Confidence

A beautiful smile can increase your mental and emotional well-being by giving you loads of confidence. I have lost count the number of times I have seen my patients transform their lives by having the confidence to smile more.When you’re self conscious because of crooked teeth, it takes a toll on your self-esteem. When you look good, you feel good. This in turn has a positive effect on relationships, school, work and life in general.

Social Benefits of Straight teeth

Studies have shown that dental appearance is important in social interaction. Those with an nice smile are seen as more successful, attractive, healthier, happier and more trustworthy. Whether we like it or not first impressions count.


Having straight teeth has many benefits and has the potential to improve your life in multiple ways.  if you are ready to discuss ways of improving your smile then contact us at Menston Dental Practice for a free consultation.


Tauqir Butt

About the Author

Tauqir Butt

I qualified from Guys and St.Thomas’s Hospitals at the University of London over 20 years ago.

I have previously worked in Bradford and for the last 16 years here in wonderful Menston/Ilkley on the outskirts of Leeds and Bradford.

My particular interests are implants, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. I also have experience in general dentistry including emergency care and pain relief. I have also taken further courses in advanced restorative, cosmetic and implant dentistry.