When it comes to straight teeth, it’s easy to focus on the aesthetic benefits. However, modern orthodontic treatments like Invisalign can also offer several improvements to your oral health. This is important because a smile that is plagued with decay, gum disease and other dental problems is hard to be proud of – regardless of how it looks. Fortunately, Invisalign and other orthodontic treatments can boost the health and appearance of your teeth, which are the key components of a confident smile!
Straight Teeth Help Fight Decay and Gum Disease
When teeth are crowded, overlapping or crooked, they are difficult to keep clean. Your toothbrush (and even your floss) may have a hard time getting food debris and plaque out of such tight spaces. In result, your crooked smile becomes prone to serious oral health issues like decay and gum disease.
Frequent cavities on teeth that are crooked is not uncommon. This may cause you to spend additional money on fillings and crowns that you could put towards your orthodontic treatment. In addition, gum disease can also fester when plaque lingers along the gum line and in between misaligned teeth. Gum disease needs careful management, as it can cause tooth loss and overall health threats when it progresses to an advanced stage. Straightening your teeth means an easier, more efficient and more effective oral hygiene routine – which equates to a healthier mouth and happier you!
Misaligned Bites Cause Trouble
If your teeth are not aligned properly, you may have a “bad bite” (or malocclusion). This can mean you put extra pressure on certain teeth in your mouth when you bite down or chew. Not only can this contribute to premature wear of your teeth, but it can also cause major strain on your TMJ (jaw joint). When the TMJ is overworked or strained, it can produce jaw stiffness, sore teeth, headaches and other disruptive symptoms. Keeping your jaw healthy is fostered by a well-aligned bite that can be created by orthodontics. Invisalign has been proven to correct a wide range of bite misalignments, including cross-bites, overbites and underbites.
Talk to a New York Invisalign Provider Today
At Park South Dentistry, we take pride in our ability to provide the latest and most popular treatments in dentistry. When it comes to Invisalign, patient satisfaction is remarkably high. The reward of Invisalign goes beyond an attractive smile. Learn more about the oral health benefits of straightening your teeth by calling our New York dental office today.