For most people, fixing their crooked teeth is a cosmetic decision. They want to feel confident in their smile and Invisalign orthodontics do just that. However, there are plenty of health benefits that people with straighter teeth experience. Crooked teeth can lead to malocclusions, or an uneven bite, which can cause a plethora of oral health issues. At Biltmore Commons Dental Care, we believe that everyone should have a smile they love and the health they deserve. Here are several of the health benefits our patients enjoy when they choose to straighten their teeth.
1. Reduces the Risk of TMJ
A poor bite can put significant strain on the joints of the jaw, especially the temporomandibular bone. This strain can lead to severe pain, chronic headaches, and even lockjaw, commonly referred to as TMJ. Some patients also experience dizziness, earaches, and constant ringing in the ear. If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms and know you have a poor bite, then it might be time to correct the problem. Not only will you feel relief from all of your discomfort, but you’ll also have a smile you love!
2. Straight Teeth Are Long-Lasting
Your teeth experience a fair amount of wear and tear from biting and chewing, making a proper bite even more essential. With straight teeth, the impact of your eating falls on the appropriate areas of your mouth, but the same cannot be said for those affected by a malocclusion. A poor bite can lead to chips and cracks in the smaller teeth as well as lead to abnormal flattening of bite surfaces. As a result, patients without straight teeth find that they need more dental work or repairs done compared to those with straight teeth.
3. Helps Avoid Periodontal Disease
Having straighter teeth makes brushing and flossing easier. Not only are you able to reach all of the available surfaces, but you’re also able to floss correctly between each tooth. By straightening your teeth and removing areas for bacteria and plaque to hide, you can eliminate your chances of developing severe periodontal disease. This disease may start as inflammation of the gum line, but it can quickly spread throughout your entire mouth and lead to a weaker jaw bone and receding gums. Straight teeth help protect your gum line by giving your toothbrush full access to all your eating and drinking surfaces.
4. Improves Speech
If you’ve struggled with speech or enunciating certain words, your poor bite and crooked teeth could be to blame. Even in children, crooked teeth can lead to problems with speech, leading to lower self-esteem and difficulty in school. If you or your child have this problem, then it’s time to consider orthodontics. Straighter teeth can help improve the clarity of your speech and boost your confidence. Not only will you or your child be able to communicate more effectively, but you’ll also want to show off your smile while chatting with others.
Take Control of Your Oral Health
Practicing proper oral care can have a significant impact on your overall health. Not only should you be visiting your dentist twice a year, but you should also be brushing and flossing regularly. If your crooked teeth make brushing and flossing a chore, then come in and see the team at Biltmore Commons Dental Care. We proudly offer general dental care, Invisalign orthodontics, and teeth whitening to residents throughout Phoenix, AZ. Request your appointment online or give our office a call at (602) 249-2227 today.