For many people, straight teeth are synonymous with the perfect smile. This is why millions of people seek out cosmetic dentistry services every year. Did you know, however, that having straight teeth yields more benefits than simply a perfect smile? Straight teeth can actually promote better overall oral health and physical well-being. Here’s a look at some of the lesser known benefits of straight teeth.
Healthier teeth and gums
Straight teeth are easier to keep clean with basic brushing and flossing. Food, bacteria and other debris can become lodged between teeth that are misaligned. It can be difficult to reach in and around irregular areas created by misaligned teeth with a toothbrush or dental floss. Over time this debris and bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums or tooth decay. Having cosmetic dentistry to straighten your teeth means that teeth are easier to clean and your risk of dental problems related to inflammation and decay are diminished.
Reduced wear and tear on teeth
Having misaligned or crowded teeth can cause extensive wear and tear on your teeth. Over time this wear and tear can affect the enamel on your teeth and can cause tooth disfiguration. This is especially true if you have one or more teeth that protrude from the rest of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry helps by putting your teeth back into their correct alignment and ensuring that all teeth are subjected to a similar level of pressure as you use them.
Less frequent headaches and neck pain
One or more misaligned tooth can put excessive pressure on your gums. The pain caused by this pressure can extend into your jawbone. When this happens, the pressure can cause headaches and neck and back pain. The good news is that cosmetic dentistry can help to straighten your teeth. Once your teeth are back in proper alignment, the pressure on your gums is alleviated and any pain in your head, neck and back caused by misalignment usually diminishes.
So, it is clear that the benefits of straightening teeth with cosmetic dentistry extend beyond achieving a perfect smile. If you are interested in knowing more about dental procedures to straighten teeth, call our friendly reception staff today and make an appointment to see your dentist.