The Benefits of Having Straight Teeth

Straight teeth go beyond a great smile and self-esteem benefits.

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Eating and speaking becomes easier
Having misaligned teeth makes it difficult to chew food and even speak properly. Most people eat three heavy meals daily and snacks in between the day. Having problems with chewing can have a significant blow on your digestion as you ingest food that has not been chewed into tiny portions. Getting them aligned can be of great benefit to your digestion.

Easier to clean
Cleaning straight teeth are much easy than crooked teeth. The uneven spacing means that you may not be able to reach all the spaces between the teeth surfaces when you brush them daily. Flossing can also be ineffective with misaligned teeth. As such, plaque starts to build up without your notice. Within no time you find yourself at the dentist with tooth decay facing the possibilities of fillings, oral surgery or root canals which could be prevented.

Prevents Gum diseases
Gum disease is also caused by plaque and calculus (tartar) build up. The build-up leads to the growth of bacteria that starts affecting the gums. Although sometimes painless, gum disease major signs are; bleeding when brushing, swollen gums, bad breath, red or tender gums. A simple solution to prevent plaque and calculus build-up is by having your teeth straightened.

Prevents periodontal disease
Periodontal is all the area around your teeth. That is the roots, ligaments and teeth. The early stage of periodontal disease is gum disease, and as it gets more serious, other areas start to get affected. A severe case of periodontal disease is when the teeth become loose. Good hygiene and a regular visit to the dentist can alleviate such problems.

Fewer migraine cases
The constant pressure on your jaws while chewing food with crooked teeth may result in migraines and injuries on your soft tissues. The misalignment can also cause cuts, infections and sores.

It is cheaper to maintain straight teeth
To maintain healthy teeth, it is advised that you visit your dentist or orthodontist after six months. The cost of maintaining straight teeth is cheaper because you are less likely to have plaque build-up, tooth decay, and gum disease. It makes the regular visits the dentist cheaper in the long run.

Great overall health
Scientists are still carrying out research that shows tooth decay as a risk factor for other serious diseases. Some of the diseases linked to tooth decay are; Alzheimer’s diseases, heart problems, and brain inflammation.

Improved quality of life
Straight teeth not only impact your smile but also increase the chances of more people getting attracted to you. Just compare two scenarios of someone smiling at you with straight teeth and another with misaligned teeth. Which one looks more attractive? Yes, the one with straight tooth has an advantage over the one with misaligned teeth.
Whether you are going for an interview, looking for a partner, or merely networking, straight teeth will work in your favour with people.
However, if you do have misaligned teeth, all hope is not lost. A modern treatment referred to as Invisalign can help straighten your teeth without much struggle. Invisalign involves putting custom-made aligners on your teeth for not less than 22 hours every day.

The aligners can easily be removed in between meals and when brushing or flossing and put back after such routines. You don’t have to struggle to brush your teeth as you do with braces. Unlike retainers and braces, they are easy to remove, and you don’t run the risk of metal stain caused by metals as the aligners are made from plastic. Within intervals of two weeks, you are supposed to get new set of aligners from your dentist.
The aligners move your teeth into position without pain or discomfort. It is a gradual process that takes weeks to months depending on the level of misalignment. With time you will have straight teeth and better oral and general health.

If you do consider Invisalign as a treatment for your misaligned teeth, you can visit a certified dentist or orthodontist. A test called Invisalign Assessment Test is usually given to determine if the treatment can be effective or not.