If you want to have straight teeth, most likely you’re considering your options for aesthetic reasons. While feeling confident about your smile plays a large role in having straight teeth, it provides many oral health benefits.
At Empire Dental Group in Old Bridge, New Jersey, Alla Pavlushkin, DDS, and our team provide state-of-the-art techniques to take care of your oral health and your orthodontic needs. We offer Invisalign® to help our patients get straighter teeth for many reasons.
Here are some to consider:
1. Easier to keep clean
If your teeth are overcrowded, crooked, or overlapping, it can be difficult to reach hidden pockets where bacteria can breed. When you have straight teeth, your toothbrush glides over each tooth evenly, and the bristles can remove debris between each tooth. Flossing is easier, too.
Having clean teeth leaves little room for getting cavities and also prevents the onset of gum diseases. You can avoid bad breath as well.
2. Less wear on your teeth
Your teeth should partner together with your bottom teeth biting perfectly into your upper teeth. When they match up, your biting and chewing force distributes evenly.
When your teeth aren’t properly aligned, your bite becomes imbalanced, which can wear down your tooth surfaces. Wear-and-tear of this kind can increase your risk of decay and other tooth damage.
Our orthodontic care can restore your normal bite.
3. Improves your chewing and speech
If you have upper and lower jaw issues that interfere with your bite, you can have difficulty chewing and speaking properly. This condition might also have a negative impact on your bones and gum tissue.
Having straight teeth allows your face to be more relaxed, which puts less stress and strain on the supporting structures of your oral health.
4. Benefits your oral and overall health
Straight teeth help you avoid food buildup that can easily camp out in your gums and in between your teeth if they’re crooked. The food and debris can cause plaque to develop and attach to your teeth. This sticky substance can lead to tartar, which can only be removed by our professional dental hygienist. If not treated, you can develop cavities.
Poor oral health with conditions like swollen gums or gum disease can also lead to health issues, such as diabetes, pneumonia, or heart disease. That’s because your oral bacteria can get into your bloodstream and impact the inner lining of your blood vessels.
Also, when you have alignment issues that cause teeth grinding and bad bites, you can suffer from headaches and other issues like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
5. Boosts your self-esteem
In most cases, people notice your smile first. So, when you have a smile you’re proud of, you feel good about yourself and more confident. It makes you want to give a good impression whether you’re at work, school, or in a social setting.
To schedule a consultation to learn more about how straighter teeth can benefit you, call our friendly office staff at 732-607-0909 or book your visit online today.