Having straight teeth not only makes our smiles look better but also improves our oral health. While many people get orthodontic treatment for appearance reasons, it’s crucial to know that straight teeth have additional health benefits. In this blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist explains the benefits of straightening your smile and offers a comfortable solution using Invisalign clear aligners.
What’s So Bad About Misalignment?
Crooked or misaligned teeth can lead to so many issues in the mouth. For some, difficulty cleaning hard to reach areas means more plaque buildup. This creates bacteria growth, tooth decay, gum disease, and chronic bad breath. Fillings and other dental restorations are also more likely to fail when there are hard to clean spaces. Straighter teeth fit better, creating a tighter seal around each tooth and minimizing bacteria accumulation. Premature wear from grinding also may occur when the teeth aren’t aligned properly. Patients with malocclusion also sometimes experience pain in the joints of the jaw.
Surprising Benefits to Straighter Teeth
Did you know that improperly chewing your food can lead to poor digestion? Misaligned teeth that do not occlude properly, cannot chew food well enough to break it down for digestion and nutrient absorption. Straight teeth break food particles down better, improving these vital processes. Teeth in the proper position also enhance speech clarity since misalignment can affect pronunciation. By straightening teeth, speech and communication abilities can be improved.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign retainers are clear plastic trays that you wear over your teeth. They gently move them into a straighter position over time. You’ll get a series of clear trays, each one slightly different, to gradually shift your teeth. You need to wear them for most of the day, but you can remove them when eating or brushing your teeth. This process takes a few months to over a year to complete depending on your unique situation. In the end, you’ll have straighter teeth and a healthier smile without the trouble of metal braces.
Begin Your Journey to Straighter Teeth
When you visit our office, we will help determine the best treatment options for a healthier mouth and a beautiful smile. Start your journey towards better oral health today by straightening your teeth. Find out if you are a candidate and call our dental office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234.