Smiling is infectious; you can catch it like the flu. Someone smiled at me today, and I started smiling too. – Author Unknown
Smiling is good for you. Not only will you feel super awesome when you smile, but when you smile at another person, you’re sharing your warmth and happiness with them, making them smile back at you. Well, most of the time at least!
At the core of every beautiful smile are healthy and straight teeth. But having properly aligned teeth isn’t only for esthetic purposes. There are many benefits to having straight teeth that are related to our overall physical, mental and emotional health and these benefits shouldn’t be overlooked because on the opposite end of the spectrum, having crooked teeth and a misaligned bite carries a host of health issues.
Benefits of having straight Teeth
Properly aligned and straight teeth: More than meets the smile. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can significantly affect your overall dental health, which includes these benefits:
- Healthier Teeth = Healthier Gums and Mouth
Correctly aligned teeth can alleviate the issues caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Teeth that are too widely spaced or crowded can cause swollen and red gums, which are unfortunately, signs of periodontal disease. The strongest, healthiest defense against periodontal problems is proper teeth alignment because this helps the gums fit more securely and snugly around the teeth.
- Easy to clean tough to reach places
Having straight teeth means less crevices and tight spaces between teeth for food to get stuck. When you have crooked teeth, food will often get stuck in those hard to brush places, and when this happens, plaque buildup is inevitable because of all the bacteria that feed on the starch and sugar left over from food.
- Better Overall Health
Crooked teeth are harder to clean, causing bacteria that reside in the plaque and tartar to breed unchecked. Bacteria causes tooth decay, periodontal disease, mouth sores, and gingivitis, which may lead to more serious health concerns such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and pneumonia. On top of all that, having bad teeth also is one of the leading factors of low self-esteem and zero confidence, especially in teenagers and young adults, which may lead to depression and anti-social behavior. So, having properly aligned and straight teeth is definitely a boon to your overall health.
Discreet Solution for Crooked Teeth
There are many options out there to choose from when treating crooked, misaligned teeth. Traditional metal braces, clear ceramic/porcelain braces and lingual braces (placed at the back of the teeth) are the first treatment methods that come to mind, but the general unattractiveness of having pieces of metal and wires permanently attached to the front (and back) teeth that can poke the cheeks and tongue is real deal breaker for some people.
The worst part of wearing braces is all the food restrictions. If you’ve ever worn braces before, you know how hard it is to clean your teeth and remove all the food that gets trapped in the wires and brackets. This leads to plaque and tartar buildup which will quickly become tooth decay and even periodontal disease when left untreated. Plus, there’s also the grownup factor. Kids and teenagers are expected to wear braces. It’s become a bit of a rite of passage for most of them. But for us grownups? There has to be a more discreet method.
That’s where Invisalign braces come in. These teeth aligners are transparent and nearly invisible when worn. Made from BPA free, clear, smooth and comfortable plastic custom molded to fit your teeth, Invisalign aligners gradually begin to move your teeth into the proper position gently — without unsightly brackets, wires and the pain that comes with traditional braces. These aligners are also removable, so you can brush and floss like you normally would.
Having straight and aligned teeth are essential, not only for a great smile, but also for our overall health. When traditional braces become more of a hindrance rather than a help, maybe it’s time to consider other treatment options, like Invisalign.
Reducing the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease by making oral hygiene easier (while getting treated) is what Invisalign aligners bring to the table, making it a superior option versus conventional braces.