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Benefits of Straight Teeth and a Healthy Smile

Benefits of Straight Teeth and a Healthy Smile

For many people, malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth, causes problems with self-esteem. Straightening your teeth offers significant psychological and social benefits. In fact, improving the look of your smile is one of the simplest and best ways to improve your overall appearance. Beyond just the obvious cosmetic benefits, however, straightening your teeth offers a number of other advantages.

One major advantage to straight teeth is that they’re easier to clean. Having your teeth straightened enables you to more effectively remove decay-causing food particles and promotes improved oral health. If teeth are too crowded, or if they overlap one another, small spaces are created in which food particles can become stuck. If a toothbrush is not able to reach into these areas, these food particles are likely to contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.

Importance of Oral Health

Maintaining good oral health is important for a number of reasons that extend beyond your mouth. More and more evidence is showing the connection between oral and overall health. The bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease can also increase the risk for and severity of heart disease and stroke. In fact, the connection between periodontal disease and heart disease is proving higher than the link between high cholesterol and heart disease. Periodontal disease has also been shown to increase the severity of diabetes-related complications and an increased risk of death from diabetes. It has also been linked to gastrointestinal disease and a host of other serious health conditions.  Straighter teeth are less likely to be a liability when talking about gum disease, and having straighter teeth can even make cleaning your teeth easier. Straighter teeth are less likely to grind which will save you from chipping and dulling. Crooked teeth can even lead to a crooked jaw from the uneven distribution of force while chewing which could contribute to TMJ concerns.

In women, maintaining proper oral health is particularly important during the childbearing years. Studies have shown that pregnant women with gum disease are at higher risk of giving birth too early and to low-birthweight babies. Premature and low-birthweight infants often have to overcome long-term developmental challenges.

In addition to improving your ability to clean your teeth effectively, properly aligned teeth can also improve your breathing. Narrow arches can sometimes cause breathing problems. In children, these types of breathing problems are thought to contribute to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This lack of ability to take in adequate oxygen can also contribute to heart disease later in life if left untreated.

Improperly aligned teeth can also put excess strain on the supporting musculoskeletal structure, and can lead to headaches, facial pain and other discomforts. Even more importantly, teeth that are improperly aligned may not function correctly. When this happens, eating and speech may be affected.

While speech problems present obvious social and developmental challenges, the inability to adequately chew your food can also pose serious consequences. It stresses your digestive system and makes it more difficult for your body to get proper nutrition. This is obviously important for children, but is equally important for adults. Sometimes older people think it’s too late for them to benefit from straightening their teeth. However, as we age, it’s common for our nutrition to suffer, and late in life is when we need our nutrition to be at its best. In fact, adequate nutrition, as we grow older, is an extremely important factor in maintaining good overall health and promoting longevity.Invisalign 2

That’s why I believe that improving the alignment of the teeth, at any age, offers the potential for huge benefits.

To inquire more about Invisalign in Denver, please contact our office at 720.778.0400 to schedule a free Invisalign teeth straightening consultation with Dr. Cardon. Learn more about Invisalign teeth straightening here.

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