An AACD survey reports that 99.7% of adults believe that a healthy smile is important for social reasons. For many, crooked teeth are a source of shame, and they may lack the confidence that they would have otherwise. While this is enough of a reason to seek out teeth straightening treatment, there are a number of other health-related reasons that straight teeth are important for a person’s overall being.
It may come as a surprise, but crooked teeth can affect your oral and overall health. Here are a few ways how:
- When your teeth are aligned, your gums fit more snugly against the bone. Otherwise, there is more room for bacteria to sneak in. Deep pockets in the gums due to crooked teeth can lead to periodontitis, otherwise known as gum disease, which can cause bad breath, soreness, sensitivity, and tooth loss.
- Well aligned teeth can also help you brush better. When your teeth overlap, it becomes hard to clean them thoroughly. Even with flossing it isn’t always possible to clean every surface. Without proper brushing abilities plaque builds up and weakens the teeth, damaging the enamel and causing cavities. In severe cases, this may lead to tooth decay and eventual tooth loss.
- Your mouth is the gateway to the body, and a great smile can usually indicate good overall health. But when the teeth and gums aren’t cared for properly, tooth decay and gum disease can set in. If left untreated, these oral health problems can become even more serious. Open mouth sores and bleeding gums can allow bacteria to enter the blood stream and infect the area. The American Dental Association has reported that these infections can later lead to serious ailments like heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, and stroke.
Despite the desire for straight teeth later in life, many adults don’t want to go through the juvenile process of wearing tacky metal braces, which can cause gum and tooth pain as well as overall discomfort.
Invisalign, on the other hand, provides a seamless transition to straight, healthy teeth without the pain of metal brackets and wires. In fact, many people probably won’t even notice your Invisalign braces!
If you want a straighter smile with Invisalign, call the office of Drs. Thorsheim and Ceraso to set up an appointment and consultation.