If you have crooked teeth, chances are you’ve thought about seeking orthodontic treatment to change that. Misaligned teeth can lead to issues of low self-esteem. But did you know that having straight teeth benefits more than just your confidence in your smile? That’s right, there are plenty of other reasons to straighten your teeth with Invisalign. Here are six of them.
1. Easier Cleaning
When your teeth are overly gapped or crowded, food particles are more likely to get caught in between them, attracting dangerous bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease. Straight teeth are much easier to brush and floss. In addition, your dental hygienist will have an easier time polishing your teeth, leading to less time spent in the dental chair.
2. Improved Overall Health
Research has shown that when your teeth are misaligned, you’re more likely to develop gum disease. This bacterial infection in the gum tissue starts out with minor irritation and bleeding when you brush and floss, but it can quickly spiral into a condition that makes your teeth become loose and even fall out! Gum disease has also been linked to several other health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, birth complications in pregnant women, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. Getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign could save not only your teeth, but your life!
3. Avoid Bite Problems
If you have a bite alignment issue like an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, it can lead to oral health problems. As a result, you may unintentionally grind your teeth, which can lead to frequent headaches and problems with your jaw joint, also known as your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Grinding your teeth also accelerates wear and tear on your enamel. This may cause tooth sensitivity, or even chipped or cracked teeth. Invisalign can correct all of these bite problems.
4. Save Money in the Long Run
Since you’re more likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease as a result of misaligned teeth, you’re more likely to spend more money getting treated for these problems. Save yourself time and money by getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign. The cost of aligning your teeth will be well worth it to save money on dental treatments down the road.
5. Better Nutrition
Misaligned teeth often aren’t able to chew as properly as they should. When your food doesn’t get chewed thoroughly enough, the rest of your digestive system has a harder time correctly absorbing the nutrients in the food you eat. Shifting your teeth into the right alignment allows you to get the most out of your diet.
6. Decrease Your Risk of Tooth Injury
Teeth that are overly crowded or protruding are more likely to get damaged in the event of an accident. Getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign can protect your pearly whites from injury, saving you pain and the cost of emergency treatment.
As you can see, there are multiple reasons besides cosmetic ones to achieve a straight smile with Invisalign. Ask your cosmetic dentist if Invisalign is right for you!
About the Author
Dr. Adrian De Vincenzo graduated summa cum laude from Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine. He is a certified Invisalign provider, so he can help you achieve the perfectly straight smile you’ve always wanted. To learn more about Invisalign and to schedule your consultation with Dr. De Vincenzo, click here to visit his website.