The Benefits of Straight Teeth
How many excuses have you found for not getting the smile you want?
You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having straight teeth extend far beyond a bright beautiful smile. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your dental health. Your oral health is integral to your general health.
Your dentist may have told you that you have; crowded teeth, crossbite, overbite, underbite or open bite, all of which are classifications of malocclusion; the improper alignment of the teeth. A misalignment problem can lead to serious oral health complications, the following are just a few:
- Crowded teeth lead to difficulty cleaning which result in increased risk of plaque and bacteria buildup.
- Plaque and bacteria lead to periodontal issues and heart disease.
- Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria, left untreated, can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums and bad breath.
- Periodontal issues can result in gum tissue recession, and risk of bone loss & tooth mobility/loss of teeth.