10 Ways That a Straighter Smile Benefits your Health
A straight, gleaming smile is something to be admired, and something that many people crave. If you have struggled with misalignment, you may have felt as though the only way to achieve a straight smile is through bracket-and-wire braces. Perhaps this is why you have not straightened your teeth yet.
Dr. Shefali Tuli and Dr. Pavelic consult with patients from Etobicoke and surrounding areas regarding the many benefits of a straight smile. The method preferred by most patients, Invisalign, is capable of correcting more issues than you may have imagined. Additionally, you may gain a great deal more from teeth-straightening treatment than you previously thought.
Invisalign is one of the most sought-after orthodontic treatments due to its convenience and comfort. This system works in a similar fashion to conventional braces but without the telltale metallic appearance or discomfort of sharp brackets. In about the same period, you can have a more attractive, healthier smile.
In addition to improving the beauty of your smile, treatment such as Invisalign can benefit your health and wellbeing in a number of ways.
- Easier hygiene. Straighter teeth do not have the tiny nooks and crannies that are seen when teeth overlap and are therefore easier to clean. In addition, optimal alignment makes it harder for food debris and plaque to accumulate in small areas where the toothbrush cannot reach.
- Lowered risk of disease. When teeth cannot be cleaned sufficiently, there is a big risk for cavities and gum disease. These two problems stem from oral bacteria. Gum disease, in particular, is a condition that can allow bacteria to travel to other organs and tissues. Better hygiene, facilitated by straight teeth, decreases the risk of gum disease and its secondary health concerns, which include diabetes and heart disease.
- Keep natural teeth longer. According to research, approximately 10 percent of those aged 54-60 have lost their natural teeth. An even higher percentage of adults lose one or more teeth due to decay or gum disease. Because straighter teeth are easier to clean and decrease the risk of gum disease, it pays to invest in a proven system such as Invisalign.
- Maintain bone health. Gaps between teeth due to tooth loss have a greater impact than unattractiveness. Where there is no tooth, there is no stimulation supplied to the jawbone. Without stimulation, the bone tissue beneath the gap breaks down and puts surrounding teeth at risk for instability. Optimizing oral hygiene through straighter teeth has the far-reaching effect of preserving healthy bone.
- Reduction in headaches. Many who suffer chronic headaches could benefit from teeth straightening. Misalignment can result in excessive stress to the joints at the back of the mouth as well as to their supportive structures. Chronic tension in the jaw and face affects the muscular structure of the head, neck, and shoulders so it makes sense to reduce this tension by correcting misalignment.
- Decreased risk of oral injury. There is a risk of chips or cracks to front teeth when misalignment causes them to protrude. This risk is especially applicable to athletes and those who enjoy high impact activities. The long-term prognosis for properly aligned teeth is better overall due to the even distribution of force and a streamlined profile.
- Health of soft tissues. Misalignment can lead to abrasions and cuts in the cheeks when this delicate tissue is bitten while chewing food. Conventional braces, as well, can abrade lips and cheeks due to the sharp corners of brackets. Invisalign, consisting of plastic aligners, provides a comfortable path towards a healthier, more attractive smile.'
- Improved digestive function. Chewing can be compromised by misalignment. The efficiency with which we chew food, however, is paramount to the process of digestion. The manual breakdown of food allows nutrients to be more easily distributed. When chewing is uncomfortable due to a bad bite, efficiency will be lacking and the stomach will then have to produce more acid to break down food. This can cause indigestion, constipation, and more.
- Improved speech. Teeth are an important part of our ability to speak clearly. Many sounds are made with the teeth and tongue. Speech may be noticeably affected by issues such as gaps that develop at the front of the mouth. When there is nothing for the tongue to touch when forming sounds, problems such as a lisp may occur.
- More smiling means more happiness! Research shows that when we smile, our mood is naturally lifted. This is true even when the smile is forced. Misalignment is an issue that may cause you to hide your smile. Correction through a comfortable system such as Invisalign can have a remarkable effect on your desire to smile. Many of our patients can't stop smiling after they complete teeth straightening treatment!
At sherway dentistry, we are focused on getting the results you want. Call our office at 416.639.2546 for more information.