Having teeth that are crooked, crowded, or uneven may make you feel self-conscious and afraid to smile. But having crooked teeth can also be detrimental to both your oral health, and your overall health. With so many advances in dental technology, your dentist can offer teeth straightening options that are easier, faster, and cheaper than ever before.
They Improve Oral Hygiene
Crooked and over crowded teeth are difficult to clean. Even if you floss and brush regularly, you may not be able remove the food and plaque that get stuck very tightly between your teeth. Plaque buildup will result in the swift growth of the bacteria that causes tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontal disease , and oral infections. Straight teeth are much easier to floss and brush effectively, as there is more room between the teeth and less overlapping of teeth.
They Improve Oral Health
Having teeth that are crooked or crowded within your mouth can cause your gums to become inflamed and red. Straightening your teeth can allow your gums to securely fit around the tooth, which will help prevent gum disease and periodontal disease. Teeth that are crooked or crowded can also cause wear and tear on tooth enamel because crooked teeth tend to rub against each other as you chew. Crooked teeth also cause stress to the gums and jawbone, which will eventually result in chronic jaw and neck pain.
They Improve Overall Health
The bacteria resulting from plaque buildup can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Left untreated, this may lead to bad breath, mouth sores, bleeding gums, tooth loss, and infections. Oral infections can ultimately cause serious health problems, like heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and pneumonia. Having straight teeth and good oral hygiene can reduce your risk of these health problems.
If you have been considering visiting a dentist in Chicago to talk about straightening your teeth, visit us at University Associates in Dentistry. We offer teeth straightening through Invisalign, which quickly straightens your teeth using almost unnoticeable aligners. Call us today at (312) 704-5511 for a free consultation.