A Straight, Great Smile For Your Health
A fantastic smile reaps dividends. First impressions are weighted by a bright and confident smile, things like trust and appreciation are a little more effortlessly gained just by sharing a confident smile. Conversely, confidence is easier to cultivate when we are well received, both points making a good argument for taking good care of your smile. Less often considered are the number of other health benefits that come from having straight teeth.
Keep Them Straight to Keep Them Clean
- Perfectly aligned teeth stay cleaner.
- Clean teeth smell better, a benefit of nicely aligned teeth, less places for smelly bacteria to hideout.
- Malocclusions (teeth that are misaligned) tend to create crowded spaces that are more difficult to clean making removal of plaque or tarter unsuccessful.
- Current scientific evidence has conclusively established a link between gum diseases–caused by plaque and tartar deposits–and other, more serious health maladies.
- Definitive studies demonstrate there are links between health issues like heart disease, diabetes, even birth defects and gum disease.
Missing Teeth Undo a Great and Healthy Smile
When teeth are missing due to loss or defect the remaining teeth can become unstable and begin to move around in the mouth. Moving teeth can become crowded and develop malocclusions leading to other problems besides increasing bacterial deposits.
- Misaligned–or malocclusions–elevate a tooths risks of fracturing and breaking.
- Even seemingly minor malocclusions can lead to defects like cracks in enamel.
- Broken teeth are cause for immediate dental attention.
- Cracks and fissures may not be immediately evident.
- Over time those small breaches in the enamel can significantly weaken teeth, making them more likely to break or shatter later.
- Cracks can make teeth more susceptible to sensitivity as well.
Ceramic, Permanent Implants; Best Option
Overtime, improper alignment of teeth can lead to other problems. Excess wear and teeth moving into open spaces created by tooth loss may inevitably lead to additional loss. Healthy bone and soft tissue growth will diminish and increase the likelihood of further loss. For this reason and others get missing teeth restored with an implant.
It’s never too late to get a better smile. Call our office to schedule a consult today.
Eight more reasons you should follow up on getting that smile you deserve
- Straight teeth give you healthier gums – When teeth are too widely spaced or crowded, they often become inflamed and red. These characteristics not only look bad, they’re a sign of periodontal disease.
- Straightening your teeth helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, creating the strongest defense against periodontal problems.
- Makes teeth easier to clean – Crowded teeth are much more difficult to floss, which can lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. The inability to remove all the food caught in the brackets and wires of metal braces can also lead to a similar outcome.
- Prevents abnormal tooth wear – Crowded bottom teeth often cause one or more teeth to jut out, which rub against the upper teeth. Over time, this leads to an inefficient chewing function and can cause undue wear to tooth enamel.
- Decreases your risk of tooth injury – Crowded, protruding upper teeth are more likely to be broken in the event of an accident.
- Decreases headaches or neck pain – Crooked teeth place excessive stress on the gums and the bone that supports the teeth. This can also be a sign of a jaw misalignment, which can lead to chronic headaches as well as face or neck pain.
- Improves self-esteem and happiness – An important component of your overall health is your mental health. Numerous studies have shown that having a better looking smile increases the amount you smile, which in turn leads to various health benefits, including lower stress and improved cognition.
- Improves overall health – The tooth decay and gum disease associated with crooked teeth are caused by decay. Left untreated, this bacteria can lead to mouth sores, bleeding gums and possible tooth loss.