Straightening your teeth can work wonders on your smile, but did you also know it may help lower your risk of developing serious oral diseases?
It has been cited in recent studies that crooked teeth can lead to excess food debris and plaque buildup between the teeth. This can lead to an increase in bacteria in the mouth which can cause decay and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease and severe tooth decay can eventually result in jawbone deterioration, and the disease can then lead into the blood stream, causing overall health complications.
The American Academy of Periodontology has said that gum disease may be linked to:
the development of heart disease
increase the risk of a stroke
pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes, respiratory diseases or osteoporosis.
When you have straightened teeth, plaque and tartar are easily managed and cleaned away from the teeth. It is important to know that straight teeth do not allow food and harmful bacteria to harbor, which lessens the risk of gum disease forming.
With today’s advances in orthodontic technology as well as dentistry as a whole, straightening crooked teeth is easier and less noticeable than ever before.
Invisalign, for instance, is a popular product that straightens teeth using a series of custom-made, clear and removable aligners. Invisalign is a way to achieve straightened teeth, in your time, without noticeable braces. Because there are no brackets or wires to worry about, patients can take out their “braces” after meals to brush and floss.
Additional health benefits of straightening teeth include improved chewing and speech and less stress on supporting bone and jaw joints.
If you are looking for ways to get straight teeth, contact your dental practitioner. Your dentist will be able to set up a consultation with you to discuss the options that best fit with your lifestyle. From here you will be able to gather any necessary details and information about all of the braces treatments, and choose what works best for you.
Don’t let your crooked teeth control your oral health, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.