What’s a surprising way you can reduce your chances of contracting heart disease, stroke or diabetes? The American Dental Association (ADA) says that having straighter teeth can also provide health benefits.
It’s not only your teeth; it’s also what holds them in place — your gums. When your teeth are crooked, your gums are more susceptible to harmful bacteria, which causes periodontitis and can raise your risk for the ailments mentioned above.
An increase in bacteria is only one of many health issues associated with crooked teeth. This condition also engenders other problems such as weakening tooth enamel and low self-esteem.
HOW CAN STRAIGHTER TEETH MAKE YOU HEALTHIER?
- Healthier gums. When teeth are too far apart or crowded, gums can become inflamed and red. Straightening your teeth helps the gums fit more securely around them, creating the strongest defense against periodontal issues.
- Straighter teeth are easier to clean. Crowded teeth are difficult to floss, which can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay.
- Prevents abnormal tooth wear. Crowded bottom teeth often cause one or more teeth to protrude, which makes them rub against the upper teeth. Over time, this leads to inefficient chewing and can wear away the tooth enamel.
- Decreases your risk of tooth injury. Crowded, jutting upper teeth are more likely to be broken in the event of an accident.
- Decreases headaches or neck pain. Crooked teeth place excessive stress on the gums and the bone that supports the teeth. This can also be a sign of a jaw misalignment, which can lead to chronic headaches as well as face or neck pain.
- Increases your self-esteem and happiness. An important component of your overall health is your mental health. Numerous studies have shown that having straighter teeth increases the amount you smile, which in turn leads to various health benefits, including lower stress and improved cognition.
- Improves your oral health. The tooth decay and gum disease associated with crooked teeth are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, this bacteria can lead to mouth sores, bleeding gums and possible tooth loss.
“There are many ways to treat misaligned teeth without resorting to the clunky metal braces of the past,” said Dr. Roger Schultz of San Antonio’s De Zavala Dental Care.
“We offer ClearCorrect invisible aligners, which are proven to be effective in moving your teeth into the correct position. They’re also removable to make it easy to eat and maintain good oral hygiene.”
To see if you’re a good candidate for ClearCorrect aligners, contact De Zavala Dental Care for an appointment. Our goal is to help you preserve your optimal dental health and greet the world with a winning smile.