Did you know that people with straight teeth are perceived as more attractive than individuals with crooked teeth? That’s no surprise; everyone loves a beautiful smile. However, if your teeth are a little misaligned, you might not think that getting braces is worth the money or the time. After all, you look good even without perfect teeth. But well-aligned pearly whites don’t just improve your appearance! They can also give you some significant health benefits. Here are just a few perks that come with having all of your chompers in their proper places:
A Decreased Risk of Gum Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is nothing to take lightly; it can lead to tooth loss and chronic bad breath. It may also increase the chances that you’ll suffer from cardiovascular disease and dementia. Unfortunately, gums do not fit as securely around crooked teeth as they do around straight ones. As a result, bacteria and other unwanted particles can more easily sneak into the gums and lead to inflammation and other periodontal problems.
A Cleaner, Fresher Mouth
Is it easier to clean a well-organized room or one where there is a bunch of stuff scattered all over the place? Think of your mouth like that room; when all the teeth are where they should be, it’s easier to vanquish all the bacteria that accumulates in your mouth throughout the day. With crooked teeth, it is often a struggle to clean the tight spaces between them, meaning that you are at an increased risk of decay.
Getting braces will not only help you fight plaque and its resulting cavities, but it will also help to prevent the bad breath that comes with a bacteria-filled mouth.
A Decreased Risk of Broken Teeth
Do you love to play sports? There is always the chance that you’ll take a blow to the mouth and end up breaking a tooth. However, your pearly whites will be safer if they’re well-aligned. That’s because crooked teeth are more likely to hit each other at odd angles when you get tackled by that big scary guy on the other team.
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but isn’t invulnerable to wear and tear. Crooked, overcrowded teeth do not fit together like they should, and their displacement may lead to extra stress on their outmost layer.
Crooked teeth and a misaligned jaw put stress on your temporomandibular joint (the joint that joins your lower jaw to the rest of your skull). Problems with the TMJ can lead to headaches and neck pain. Ow!
Orthodontics can make you look and feel like a star, but the aesthetic benefits they offer are just the beginning. Braces can vastly improve your oral health!
About Safari Dental and Orthodontics
At Safari Dental and Orthodontics, we help patients of all ages to achieve the healthy, straight smiles that they’re yearning for. Whether you’re interested in traditional braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign, we can assist you. Please contact our office at 979-985-3093.