People who straighten their teeth usually do so for the aesthetic benefits – more confidence, a brighter smile, and greater career or dating success. But did you know that straight teeth have many additional health benefits? Read on to find out how orthodontic treatment can improve not just your appearance but also your entire physical well-being.
Better oral hygiene
Straight teeth are easier to clean than crooked teeth because your toothbrush can reach every surface area. When teeth overlap, food particles and bacteria become trapped between them more easily, making it difficult to brush and floss effectively. This increases the risk of plaque and tartar build up, which can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss.
Stronger teeth and jawbone
An uneven bite caused by overcrowding or crooked teeth can cause an unequal distribution of pressure across the teeth and jaw. Since teeth are designed to withstand an even amount of pressure throughout, excessive force in a single area may cause teeth to chip or crack. If one or more bottom teeth jut out and rub against the upper teeth you also risk wearing down tooth enamel. This risk is eliminated when you straighten your teeth because they work together to distribute the chewing pressure evenly throughout the mouth.
Lower risk of disease
Did you know that gum disease is commonly linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and arthritis, as well as a variety of other health problems? Oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and attach to blood vessels in the body’s vital organs, causing much more serious issues. Since straighter teeth make it easier to avoid gum disease, better oral hygiene resulting from orthodontic treatment can also help to prevent major health issues.
If you suffer from chronic headaches, you may want to consider a visit to your dentist – misaligned teeth can cause us to grind or clench them, which can result in constant, dull headaches or earaches. This often occurs at night while you sleep, so you may not realise you are doing it. Straightening your teeth to align your jaw can help to alleviate these issues.
In addition to all the physical benefits, having straighter teeth encourages us to smile more, which is a proven mood booster. If you’ve been feeling self-conscious about your teeth you’ve probably been reluctant to smile, which means you’re missing out on all sorts of mental health benefits, including lower stress levels and positive mood.
Exeter Advanced Dentistry offers a number of tooth straightening options that can give you the perfect smile you’ve been dreaming about. Our Specialist Orthodontist Ben Buffham can offer expert advice on which treatment will be the most effective to get the result you want. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with our treatment coordinator