Everyone looks best with a smile. Unfortunately, some others might be a little too shy because they need to straighten their teeth a bit. It shouldn’t be a gauge for beauty, but if it’s affecting your self-esteem and mental health, then something has to be done about it. The first choice would probably be to consult a dentist, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have natural options.
For starters, it’s important to understand why teeth become crooked in the first place. Teeth can come in crooked or become crooked. Sometimes, teeth can be too small compared to the space of gums allotted for them, resulting in overcrowding and becoming crooked. The same results occur through prolonged habits such as sucking on a pacifier or the thumb. Other causes are heredity and genetics. Here are other reasons as to why you may have crooked teeth:
- Jaw size
- Poor myofunctional habits
- Misaligned jaw
- Poor dental care
- Poor nutrition
- Facial injury
It appears that crooked teeth are not only an aesthetic issue but can also pose threats to health such as periodontal disease, difficulty in chewing and digestion, excess wear, speech difficulties; and also tend to hurt self-esteem and cause depression.
On the other hand, straight teeth have been found to help digestion because it helps you chew better which in turn, helps you digest faster. Thus, you get more nutrition and fewer stomach problems. It also lessens the wear and tear your teeth are exposed to as you chew, which puts pressure and damage on the teeth. Crooked teeth are also prone to breaks, chips, and cracks.
It’s easier to clean straight teeth, on the other hand, it’s difficult to reach in between crooked or overcrowded teeth. Having straight teeth also improves your speech. Plus, it lowers neck and head pain because it lessens the stress on your joints, jaw bone, and gums.
How do you straighten crooked teeth?
- Metal Braces
- Ceramic Braces
- Invisible Braces
- Lingual Braces
- Teeth-straightening surgery
However, none of the above-mentioned options can be considered natural. In addition, straightening your teeth through orthodontic treatment can be disadvantageous. It can cause sensitive teeth and alter your gum’s architecture, which will be a problem later on in life.
So, if you prefer the natural way, then you’ve come to read the right article, as this will take you to an exploration of natural methods of straightening teeth. Let’s discuss them one by one:
Finger pressure is done by applying gentle pressure on your teeth to your desired direction. There is an emphasis on “gentle pressure,” the reason being that too much could cause loose teeth or problems with the gums. Your gums and palate are soft tissues, so avoid applying too much pressure on them. In relation to this, you may want to look up therapies that can help.
Craniosacral Therapy is one. It is an alternative means of bodywork that alleviates the compression in the bones of the head, sacrum (this refers to the triangular bone in the lower back), parts of the pelvis, and the spinal column. As a non-invasive procedure, Craniosacral Therapy makes use of light touch on the head, neck, and back, relieving the stress and the pain caused by compression. With this, you might just eliminate the use of appliances to straighten your teeth.
Stop Sleeping On Your Stomach
Gentle, regular inward pressure on the teeth can cause crowding and inward overlapping. One of the easiest and most common ways to do this is by sleeping on your stomach. This puts a lot of weight on your face. Instead, try sleeping on your back.
In addition, sleeping on your stomach has been associated with various disadvantages. For one, it puts pressure on your spine. This causes you to feel pains in the neck, back, or joints—which in turn, affects the amount and quality of sleep you can get. Most of your weight is in the middle part of your body.
Sleeping on your stomach at night makes it difficult to maintain a neutral position for the spine. In addition, it’s really bad for pregnant women because it hinders normal and healthy blood flow.
Incremental exercise is simple to do and helps you to not only straighten your teeth but also to control the way you smile. You simply stand in front of your mirror, relax your face and lips; and then slowly, you stretch the corners of your mouth. While you do so, make sure to avoid opening your lips. Hold this expression for about 10 seconds, then laterally, expand your mouth with parts of your lips exposing the edge of your teeth for at least another 10 seconds. Smile and then hold your teeth for another second. This incremental exercise must be done a couple of times a day, consistently, in order for you to see improvement in your teeth.
Tongue Thrusting Exercise
Tongue thrusting exercise is another simple one you can do before bed. Simply push the tongue between the upper and lower teeth before you swallow. Place a small orthodontic rubber band on the tip of the tongue, then press it against the gum behind your upper teeth, on the top of your mouth. Bite the teeth in a regular bite, and part your lips so you won’t feel any pain. This exercise is not only good for straightening the teeth, but also to keep healthy gums.
Tongue thrusting exercises will also strengthen your tongue so you can swallow better. This way, you can taste and appreciate food better; as well as help you absorb nutrients more efficiently.
Use Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are alternatives to the traditional braces. They are designed to guide teeth back to their proper position. It makes use of gradual force to manipulate tooth movement without the use of wires or brackets. They are made out of strong plastic materials that are specially fabricated to fit each individual’s mouth. It works by applying pressure in increments until the teeth are in their desired position.
There are various ways to straighten your teeth without using braces, and aligners are good choices to go to. It also has a lot of advantages. They straighten your teeth in half the time of traditional braces. The best thing is that they’re comfortable and removable. The reason being that they are not affixed to your teeth the way traditional braces are. They are slipped on over the teeth where they are left in place instead. Unfortunately, this isn’t recommended for severely overcrowded or crooked teeth. These require a more robust treatment plan.