Everyone wants a beautiful, straight smile. It can help ensure you make a good first impression. It can be a self-confidence booster. It can make you smile more frequently, making you feel happier—and providing the same lift for those around you. But your Brighton orthodontist wants you to know something else about a beautiful, straight smile: It can actually be better for your oral health—and consequently, your overall health.
More and more studies are showing that this is an important connection between the health of your teeth and gums and the health of your entire body. The American Dental Association has put together this handy chart
about just how closely linked oral health is to systemic health.
Here are some ways having straight teeth can contribute to your good health.
Straight Teeth for Good Oral Health
You won’t be prone to headaches. When teeth are misaligned or crooked, they can place stress on the gums and jawbone. Malocclusion—or a bad bite—is another issue. All of these can mean you are more prone to suffering from headache or neck pain.
Your gums will be healthier. With straight teeth, gums will fit more securely around the teeth. This, along with good brushing and flossing habits, will help prevent against gum disease developing.
Your risk of tooth injury will be reduced. Teeth that are crowded or that stick out are much more prone to being damaged in the event of a trauma.
Your teeth will be easier to clean. It’s tougher to floss crooked or crowded teeth effectively. Often the dental floss doesn’t fit into the spaces correction, which means there is more opportunity for plaque to build up and cavities to form. This can also lead to gum disease.
Your teeth won’t wear unnecessarily. When teeth are crowded or misaligned, bottom teeth can rub up against top teeth, making chewing inefficient. Eventually, this can lead to wearing down of the tooth enamel.
You will enjoy greater self-confidence. Your happiness is a crucial component to your overall wellbeing. People who have a better-looking smile tend to show it more often. This often leads to those around smiling more. All of this can mean less overall stress and increased self-confidence.
You will be more apt to take care of a smile you love. When you take pride in your smile, you enjoy taking care of it more. People with beautiful smiles tend to brush more often and see their dentists regularly.
Your overall well-being will be improved. When your teeth and gums are healthy, this means you are not increasing your risk of developing serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
You Can Have a Straight, Beautiful Smile—Regardless of Your Age
If you’re an adult who has been living with crooked teeth your entire life, you might have thought it was too late to change anything about your smile. If you are a professional, you might have thought that braces have no place in the boardroom. The good news is that even adults can improve their overall oral health with orthodontic treatment
. With modern-dentistry options such as Invisalign invisible braces, orthodontics can fit into anyone’s lifestyle.
Invisalign works with a series of clear, plastic aligners that you will wear for about 22 hours each day. They gradually nudge your teeth into the desired straight position. This makes them less painful than treatment with traditional metal braces. Treatment is also quicker than traditional orthodontics. Most people wear the aligners for six to eight months only, which is much quicker than the months or even years it takes with traditional braces. It is important that you commit to wearing the aligners for a minimum number of hours each day or you might be disappointed in your results.
They are removed for eating and for cleaning your teeth, so there are no eating restrictions as there are with traditional braces. You don’t need to worry about food particles getting stuck in the brackets and wires.
The aligners are practically transparent, so even someone seated across from you will probably not notice you are wearing them.
Because they are removable, if you have a special event or if you will be photographed, you can always pop the aligners out for a few hours—then put them right back in afterward. The aligners are easy to keep clean, and you will swap them out for a new set every couple of weeks—without having to visit the orthodontist as frequently as with traditional braces.
Another advantage to Invisalign is that you can see your teeth straightening progress as it happens. This can go a long way to keeping you on track with your treatment!
If you have been on the fence about straightening your smile, just think of all the benefits you will enjoy by having straight teeth. You can protect your oral health as well as your overall wellbeing.
Find out more about whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign or other adult orthodontics. Come to your Brighton orthodontist for a consultation, and we can discuss the different options for getting you a straight, beautiful smile.
It’s never too late to get the smile you wish you had been born with. And you can improve the health of your entire body along with it.
There is no reason to live with a crooked smile—and clearly there are plenty of good reasons not to! For more information on orthodontic treatment for all ages, talk to the experts at Prentice Orthodontics
. We can answer all of your questions about Invisalign and help determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. Our highly trained and friendly staff is eager to welcome you into our offices and assist you with your dental needs. We have serve Boulder, Brighton, Broomfield, Thornton, and Westminster, and we are sure one of those is convenient for you. Call 303-468-7722 for a free consultation or contact us using the form on our website today!