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How a Bad Bite Influences Our Appearance and Health

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An improper bite is not only about an unattractive smile, but it is also a threat to a person’s health in general. In some very serious cases, not only is the jaw in danger, but also the digestive and the cardiovascular systems. Besides, bad dental prosthesis or the teeth positioned in the wrong way can change the facial features and become a reason for insecurity.

Bright Side decided to find out what the consequences an improper bite can lead to and if it is necessary to see an orthodontist when you are adult. The results are actually impressive.

1. Facial asymmetry

A little bit of asymmetry doesn’t make a face look bad and even makes it a little bit unusual, in a good way. But if a person has a malocclusion (an improper bite), a really severe asymmetry of the lower or the upper part of the face may develop. For example, if a child loses a baby tooth too early or if an adult person doesn’t have all their teeth, the mouth may look unusual: for example, one side of the mouth might be lower than the other or the line of eyes might be tilted.

Some celebrities even have this feature, but only slightly. And if the problem of a missing tooth or an improper bite is not solved in time, even the most highly-qualified dentists might not be able to solve the problem of facial asymmetry.

2. The curvature of the spine and body imbalance

If a person has an improper bite, it may cause them to have a round back or even influence their physical activity. This is mostly true for people who have a sedentary lifestyle. The influence of malocclusion on the body and spine control is more noticeable when a person feels tired.

3. Protruding upper teeth or a pronounced chin

There are 3 types of malocclusion.

  • Class I: The molars are closed in the normal way, but the other teeth don’t have enough space, they are not in the same line, or there is some over or under eruption.
  • Class II: The first molars of the upper and the lower jaw are not aligned with each other and the upper jaw is protruded.
  • Class III: The molars are also not aligned, but the lower jaw is protruded.

So if a person has a class II malocclusion, the upper teeth will protrude, and a class III malocclusion means that they have a massive protruding chin.

4. Jaw clicking and pain

Malocclusion (improper bite) can also lead to a dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). So some people might have pain in the joint, or experience clicking and other sounds. These sounds usually appear when the jaw moves. Even though the dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint doesn’t require any serious treatment, it could become chronic.

5. Headache

If the teeth don’t close well, it forces a person to put additional effort into chewing food. Sometimes, it causes pain in the jaw muscles, which transmits into the temples.

The pain may appear not only during eating: if the back teeth don’t let the jaw move normally, the muscles in the jaw become tense all the time. This causes unpleasant sensations near the temples. This pain is called a tension headache.

In really rare cases, these headaches may appear if you’ve had bad dental prosthesis, which causes the jaw to not close well enough.

Experiment: In order to check and see if you have a headache because of your teeth, clench your teeth as hard as you can. If you feel that your headache is getting worse, this may be a sign that you need to see an orthodontist.

6. A risk of damaging teeth

If the surface of the teeth prevents the jaw from moving normally, the enamel will become weaker, making the teeth vulnerable to bacteria. When chewing food, there is a risk that a part of your tooth will just break. When we chew food, we apply a force of about 175 pounds per square inch (psi). But some people may be applying a force 7 times bigger. So, damaging the teeth that don’t “fit” is much easier than you think.

7. Problems with the face shape and premature aging

The growth of the skull doesn’t stop in childhood or youth. Some minor changes, according to dentists, keep happening in our later years as well. An improper bite can lead to the deformation of the face, the cheeks, or the corners of the lips — which may become lower than they used to be. By the way, the presence and absence of wisdom teeth also influence the bite. Many celebrities have wisdom teeth removed in order to make their cheekbones more visible. However, according to dentists, the face won’t get thin in most cases.

The changes in the shape of the face can also lead to early wrinkles. And they may be more visible on just one side of the face.

8. Poor digestion

If a person has a malocclusion, there is a chance that they don’t chew their food as well as they should, so some of the nutrients from the food doesn’t get digested properly. The food gets into the body in chunks, which could cause a person to develop digestive problems like acid reflux, abdominal distension, spasms, and flatulence. And because it is hard to brush teeth that are not positioned correctly, they become covered with more bacteria that gets into the digestive system through the saliva.

9. Problems with pronunciation

Studies show that people with malocclusion have more difficulties with the pronunciation of sounds. A narrow upper jaw and a high palate make it more difficult to pronounce some vowels, and displaced incisors make the overall speech less clear.

In some cases, a bad dental prosthesis can also make pronunciation more difficult.

10. Respiratory and heart problems

If a person has innate malocclusion, it may lead to other poor consequences like teeth-grinding, muscle spasms, respiratory problems during sleep, obstructive pulmonary diseases, and even immune system problems.

Researchers also found a link between the malocclusions class I and class II and myopia. Severe cases of malocclusions can lead to heart problems and hypertension. This was proven in an experiment where patients with an improper bite put on special things that allow their teeth to close correctly which then caused their arterial pressure to decrease.

11. Increased tooth sensitivity

If the jaw doesn’t close well enough in some places or when a person needs to put forth additional effort to chew food, it causes the bone around that area to grow and the nearest teeth start to curve vertically. As a result, a microscopic disconnection forms near the gum and a cavity appears in the tooth. This phenomenon is called abfraction. Because of this damage, the dentin (the solid part of the tooth) is easily irritated and the teeth become more sensitive to temperature change, sweet and sour foods, and also to physical contact (for example with the toothbrush).

Which dental problems have you dealt with and do you have a beautiful smile? Tell us in the comment section!

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7 Hidden Messages in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” That Weren’t Meant for Kids

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Lewis Carroll’s tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had an amazing influence on cinema, literature, and even psychology: movies and ballets were based on it, sequels and remakes were written. There is even a psychological disorder named after the main character: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AWS). This seemingly innocent children’s story was the subject of heated discussions by scientists of the 20th century and even Freud talked about it. The point of the discussions was simple: was the tale written for children or for adults?

Bright Side has read the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded” and tried to figure out which parts of the story can only be understood by adults.

1. Alice’s shrinking and growing is a sign of puberty.

When Alice ate a cake or drank a certain mixture, Alice would shrink or grow, and she was scared that she would disappear completely. While there were no actual reasons for the changes in her body in the text, scientists have 3 versions of what could have been the hidden meaning behind that episode:

  • Alice’s body changes in a similar way to how it would change as a teenager during puberty. Many people think that Carroll showed the puberty of the character. But why this idea may also be wrong is because Alice is only 7 years old and it is too young to be a teenager.
  • Astronomers link the character with the expanding Universe. According to one of the theories, the amount of matter in the Universe is constantly decreasing which will ultimately lead to its disappearance. Obviously, this is why the character was worried about shrinking so much that she would vanish.
  • Other people see an indication of hallucinogenic substances, which make people completely disoriented, just like Alice.

2. The pig the character has is an English King.

It is believed that the tale is an allusion to the War of the Roses that took place in England in the 15th century. This time period was full of scheming, betrayal, and there were a lot of chopped heads — just like in the tale.

Assuming the guess is correct, then baby that turned into the pig is a member of the White Rose. And more specifically, it was Richard III who had a sigil with a white boar. Shakespeare even wrote a play about it where he presented Richard in a very bad light.

3. The smell of pepper in the house of the Duchess hides the smell of bad food.

The tale casually mentions that the house of the Duchess smells a lot like pepper because the scullery was adding pepper to the soup. But it may have been a hint at the problem that the food at the time was peppered a lot, to kill the smell of rotten ingredients.

4. Alice is Eve, who becomes a sinner.

The adventures of Alice starts in a quiet garden. It was an idyllic place, green and quiet, and that’s why it reminds many people the Garden of Eden. But Alice doesn’t take an apple, she goes down the rabbit hole and goes into a world that gives rise to incredible changes in her. This theory seems to be pretty logical: children are innocent but when Alice went into the hole (took the apple), she entered the world of puberty, adult life, and became a sinner.

5. Keys, doors, and caterpillars are Freudian symbols.

When Freudian theories became very popular around the world, the tale of Alice turned out to be full of gynecological symbols. The fans of Freud managed to see the symbols in the doors that were hidden behind the curtains, and keys that open these doors. Of course, they couldn’t have missed Absolem — the giant caterpillar that looks like a you know what.

Even though this theory has life, it is not very believable, because people can see these symbols everywhere if they really want to.

6. Walrus and Carpenter are actually Buddha and Jesus.

This is the name of the poem that the twin brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum read to Alice. The poem tells the story about Walrus and Carpenter, that walk on the beach and call out for oysters to walk with them. The oysters go to the shore and Walrus and Carpenter eat them. Walrus then cries at the end.

There are several interpretations:

  • Walrus is a caricature of Buddha, and Carpenter is Jesus. For example, the character Loki from Dogma believes this. The logic is simple: Walrus is fat and happy, so he is Buddha or elephant Ganesha, and Carpenter is the direct reference to the profession of the father of Jesus.
  • J. Priestly is convinced that the poem is the story of England’s (Walrus) colonization of America (Carpenter).
  • There is a more violent interpretation. Some people believe that Walrus and Carpenter are politicians that kill the masses — the oysters.

7. The poem about the White Rabbit in chapter 12 uncovers the love mystery of Carroll himself.

Some researchers see the reference to the unusual connection between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell that was the prototype of the main character. Here are the lines we are talking about:

He sent them word I had not gone

(We know it to be true):

If she should push the matter on,

What would become of you?

This is one of the most sensitive moments in the interpretation of the tale. Some people think that when the girl was supposed to come of age, the writer was going to marry her, but for some reason he had an argument with Mrs. Liddell and he never saw the members of the family since.

Do you want to read the tale now that you have some new knowledge about it in order to find some new hidden meaning? If yes, you can read the original manuscript written by Carroll himself here.

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What 20 Celebs Looked Like at the Start of Their Career

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Celebrities are usually known for their biggest successful works, but most of them stepped into the entertainment world with smaller roles. A lot of them have been in the industry for so long that we’ve forgotten what they looked like when they first started. Taking a look at some of their earliest works is indeed a blast from the past.

Bright Side looks into some of the earliest works from certain actors and is amazed at how much they have grown within the industry.

1. George Clooney

2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

3. Keanu Reeves

4. Brie Larson

5. Betty White

6. Leonardo DiCaprio

7. Drew Barrymore

8. Tom Hanks

9. Scarlett Johannson

10. Halle Berry

11. Harrison Ford

12. Denzel Washington

13. Reese Witherspoon

14. Angelina Jolie

15. Johnny Depp

16. Jennifer Garner

17. Robert Downey Jr.

18. Will Smith

19. Nicole Kidman

20. Sandra Bullock

Have you seen the early works of these celebrities before? Do you know what any other famous entertainers looked like when they first began their career?

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14 Examples of How Perfect Photos on Social Media Can Mislead Us

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Most Internet users tend to sugarcoat their lives, belongings, body shapes, etc. And Instagram is the perfect place to post these kinds of photos. It’s a world of successful, happy people who take colorful trips, make expensive purchases, and boast perfect bodies.

Bright Side found some “behind-the-scenes” photos of gorgeous shots from social media. Turns out, believing everything you see on the Internet is never a good idea.

1. A 3-minute smartphone photo session + 3 magic filters

2. The king of the road

3. It’s all about the right angle…

4. A popular festival on Instagram vs a popular festival in reality

5. Support is the real hero.

6. A dog can never spoil a shot.

7. Slightly added brightness

8. When summer starts, we see it on every other Instagram account.

9. The process of making up always finishes the same way.

10. Unicorns can be insidious.

11. Everyone wants a photo in a lavender field.

12. Bright cities in photos might not be as bright in real life.

13. Aboard a private jet

14. A fashionable breakfast

Do you edit your photos on social media to try to look better? We’d be happy to hear from you in the comments!

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