Straightening Your Teeth May Be Good for Your Health
When you think about straightening your teeth typically the most immediate reason that comes to mind relates to the aesthetic appeal. However, it’s also important to note that straightening your teeth can be very good for your health. Specifically, straightening your teeth can actually lower your risk or chances to develop serious diseases. When your teeth are crooked or crowded, they can harbor a lot of bacteria. These bacteria can then contribute to plaque buildup which will eventually lead to tooth decay and then periodontal disease. Periodontal disease also known as gum disease can negatively impact your health.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease may contribute to:
- Contribute to the development of heart disease
- Contribute to an increased chance of having a stroke
- Contribute to a premature birth or low birth weight
- Contribute to more risk for diabetes or osteoporosis.
Straight and Aligned Teeth Lead to easier Oral Care
If teeth are aligned properly then plaque and tartar build up can be reduced. This is important because of the fact that plaque and tartar build are two known major causes of gum disease. In addition, when teeth are properly aligned gums are able to “fit” tighter around them making it easier to brush or floss. It should be noted that thanks to dental advancements it’s easier to straighten your teeth discreetly.
Invisalign and it’s Benefits
Invisalign is becoming more and more popular because it offers patients the option to straighten their teeth in a discrete manner. These custom-made clear aligners are used to straighten a patient’s teeth, but by doing this they are also being used to increase the gum health of the patient. Also, in comparison to traditional braces Invisalign offers the wearer the convenience of being able to remove their invisible aligners when they are going to eat giving them the freedom to brush as well as floss after each meal.
Additional Benefits of Straightening your Teeth
Other benefits of straightening in your teeth that are not related to gum health include getting a major improvement in your chewing. Also, you can see a significant impact on your improved speech. Finally, you will overall have less stress on your supporting bone and jaw joints after straightening your teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in straightening your teeth and would like to explore all your options it would be very beneficial if you reached out to your local dentist to set up a consultation to discuss these options.