Why should we consider straightening our teeth?
Crooked, misaligned teeth are very common. Many children and adults have them. This can impact on how the teeth look, or it may be causing health or speech issues. Your upper teeth are meant to fit slightly over your lower teeth, with the points of your upper molars fitting into the grooves of your lower molars. When this alignment doesn’t occur, malocclusion results.
Straightening teeth is more than a cosmetic concern. Other health issues that crooked teeth may cause include:
It can be hard to clean in between crooked teeth. This can result in tooth decay and gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to periodontitis, a more serious infection that can damage bones and teeth.
Chewing and digestion problems
Crooked teeth can also interfere with proper chewing, which may cause digestion problems. Misaligned teeth may affect your ability to chew, causing you pain every time you eat.
Excess wear of teeth
Crooked teeth can also cause excess wear and tear on the teeth, gums, and jaw muscles, resulting in cracked teeth, jaw strain, temporomandibular joint disorder, and chronic headaches. Straight teeth not only look good, but will be easier to keep clean and function better with less wear.
If your teeth are misaligned, they can affect the way you articulate sound, causing problems with speech.
Unhappiness with your physical appearance can lead to a lack of self-esteem and social avoidance. Most studies show that patients that have undergone orthodontic treatment to correct their bite and straighten their teeth will have improved self-esteem, less tooth loss, less cavities, better oral hygiene, and overall improved oral health.
Part of this may be from the fact that straight teeth are easier to clean. When teeth are properly aligned it’s easier to brush and floss more of the tooth surfaces. In addition, the natural cleansing mechanisms in the mouth, like your tongue and saliva help remove debris from the mouth much easier when the teeth are straight.
When teeth are properly aligned and the bite is corrected the teeth function much better. Biting forces are distributed to the proper teeth during chewing. Teeth are less likely to fracture or wear down. Moreover, people with straight teeth may be prouder of their smile and thus more inclined to take care of it.
A short period of orthodontic treatment can produce benefits that last a lifetime.
The cost of straightening teeth will be a good investment that can prevent larger costs to treat gum disease and/or crowns in the future that could have been prevented.
Invisible braces, such as Invisalign, are nearly invisible, unlike traditional metal braces. Invisalign is barely noticeable, and they don’t appear like the person is even wearing braces. You can straighten your teeth privately and happily. Using computerized planning, medical professionals know exactly how what your final smile will look like from the start of the treatment.
The clear plastic aligners are custom-made to fit your mouth. They fit over each tooth like a mouth guard and they are meant to be worn for 20-22 hours a day. You can take them off for eating, drinking, or for any important photo opportunities. This option isn’t recommended for severe tooth alignment correction. Whether you’re seeking a straighter smile or looking to make major tooth gap improvements, the benefits of Invisalign will amaze you.
Invisalign trays are relatively comfortable and smooth. There aren’t any sharp edges, and they don’t cause damage to the gums or teeth. It’s much easier to actually brush and floss your teeth more thoroughly compared to traditional braces. With Invisalign you can go ahead and brush and floss your teeth as you always have- no need to worry about going into each bracket with delicate care. In general, one of the best benefits of Invisalign is that it provides quicker results than traditional braces.
If you’re going to be spending your hard-earned money, you deserve to know the potential outcome at the beginning of the treatment. Let modern technology guide you and trust the awesome benefits of Invisalign for your teeth.
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