Why a Straight Smile is a Healthier Smile
The aesthetic reasons for straightening your teeth are obvious, but did you know a straight smile also promotes better oral health? Here’s how.
It would be great if Mother Nature were more generous with her gifts of beauty but, alas, she is not. Case in point: crooked teeth. Those of us who suffer from it almost invariably want to straighten our teeth for aesthetic purposes. The straighter the teeth, the more beautiful the smile, right? But in this case, beauty is more than just skin deep. Here are some unexpectedly healthy reasons to straighten your teeth.
Your teeth could be more durable
In most cases of crooked teeth , a misaligned bite means that your teeth don’t meet properly. The uneven pressure could lead to premature wear-and-tear issues. If you have an open bite, your back teeth suffer; in a cross bite, both top and bottom teeth are affected; in a deep bite, the constant tooth-and-gum contact could create gum recession. And in the cases of excess overjet (read: bunny teeth), your protruding teeth are at greater risk of chips, cracks, and fractures. If your lips do not completely cover your teeth in resting position, it can’t help to absorb shock or trauma. A fall, for example, could be dangerous. If you’re a tooth grinder to boot, this exacerbates the situation. Straightening your teeth is a way to protect your smile from literally wearing out and, if you choose Invisalign as your treatment method, the clear aligners double up as a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
You could lower your risk of cavities and gum disease
Simple fact of life: an even surface is easier to clean. Same goes with your teeth. When they stand in a neat and tidy row, there aren’t any nooks and crannies that are out of reach of your toothbrush. This reduces the chances of cavities developing. If yours is a case of tooth crowding, this is an important fix because the surface of one tooth is likely being blocked by another.
With Invisalign, you may be looking at better oral hygiene from the moment you start treatment—not just after your teeth have been straightened. Taking off your clear Invisalign aligners before each meal means brushing and flossing your teeth before putting them back on. While brushing fights cavities, flossing protects your gums by scraping away bacteria between and under the gum line. Do that three times a day and your teeth and gums will be healthier than ever!
The first step to a straighter, healthier smile is getting an expert opinion. Speak to a qualified dentist about your options and ask to see how you’ll look with straight teeth! Make an appointment today.