Why Your Teeth Should Be Straight

Why Your Teeth Should Be Straight

Posted October 17, 2014 by Wager-Evans Dental

strteeth You are aware that straight teeth are esthetically pleasing, but are there other reasons your teeth should be straight? Perhaps there are. Take your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, true or false quiz below to find out how much you know about why your teeth should be straight.


  1. T or F: Only 1 percent of mammals in the wild have straight teeth.
  2. T or F: Straight teeth may be important for wild animals but they are not important for humans.
  3. T or F: Crooked teeth present all sorts of problems.
  4. T or F: Crooked teeth can also interfere with proper dental hygiene.
  5. T or F: Crooked teeth do not affect your speech.


  1. False: This may come as a surprise, but mammals in the wild are born with straight teeth. Straight teeth are important for their survival.
  2. False: Straight teeth are important for the survival of humans as well. You need straight teeth to chew hard, crunchy, raw, or tough foods.  Without proper nourishment, you can’t live.
  3. True: Crooked teeth can contribute to a misaligned or bad bite which puts extra strain on your jaw muscles and joints. This abnormal pressure can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder, which in turn can cause pain and/or discomfort while biting and chewing.
  4. True:  It is difficult to perform proper dental hygiene with crooked teeth. There are more nooks and crannies to clean than if your teeth were straight. Straight teeth provide one flat surface. It can also be difficult to floss correctly. Improper dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss.
  5. False: Crooked teeth can cause speech impediments making it difficult to speak and pronounce words correctly.

About Your Reno Dentists

Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 800-4845.