Thrive Dental Studio in Portland, Maine wants you to experience amazing dental health that will have a positive impact on the rest of your life, too. Straightening your teeth with braces, Invisalign clear aligners, or another orthodontic treatment helps you look great, and it improves your oral health. In fact, there are quite a few benefits of having straight teeth.
1. Straight Teeth Are Easier to Clean
Crooked or crowded teeth can overlap each other in strange ways, making it harder for you to reach all the surfaces with your toothbrush. It can sometimes be difficult to floss between crooked teeth, too, leaving food particles behind after you clean your teeth. If you are unable to get your teeth clean on your own, you will either need to make more frequent trips to the dentist for professional dental cleanings, or you will suffer from tooth decay that results from built-up plaque and tartar.
Straightening out those crooked teeth makes it easier for you to keep your teeth clean.
2. Teeth Straightening Improves Your Oral Health
When teeth are easier to clean, your oral health improves. Improved oral health has multiple benefits, including:
- Lowered risk of tooth loss
- Lowered risk of gum disease or periodontal disease
- Lowered risk of systemic diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease
- Healthier Gums
- Reduced Risk of Oral Infections
- Reducing the risk of cavities
Your oral health and the health of the rest of your body are intricately connected. If you improve one, the other is also likely to get better.
3. Straight Teeth Gives You a Boost of Confidence
Your mental and emotional health can be positively affected by straight teeth, too. A beautiful straight smile is something to be proud of. When you know your smile looks great, you feel better about yourself and your overall appearance. You will probably smile more and not be afraid to open your mouth to speak. All of this increases your self-confidence and your self-esteem. The benefits of a straight smile impact more than just your crooked smile. Correcting imperfect teeth can impact your speaking patterns, helping to improve some speech impediments and giving people clearer speech.
4. Straightening Your Teeth Also Gives You a More Comfortable Bite
When you bite down, do your top and bottom teeth line up correctly? If not, you may be experiencing some negative effects from a misaligned bite. For example, a bad bite can cause:
- Uneven wear and tear on your teeth from hitting together in the wrong places
- Headaches from too much stress on your jaw bone or facial muscles
- Discomfort while speaking or eating
- TMJ related problems, which has to do with the hinge of your jaw
- Bruxism, or teeth grinding or clenching
- Eliminating Bite Problems
The alignment of your teeth and the position of your jaw can be adjusted through reliable dental treatments. You don’t have to go through life suffering from the side-effects of a bad bite.
5. Straight Teeth Improve Your Facial Appearance
The health benefits of straight teeth are amazing, but it’s important to mention the cosmetic benefits that come with a better smile. Your personal appearance is important and the aesthetic reasons to seek a perfect smile include more than just wanting a more attractive smile. Good first impressions can play an important role in personal and work encounters. Straight teeth give your smile an even, consistent look that is pleasing to the eye. Beyond the look of your teeth, the structure of your whole face may change for the better. For example, improving an overbite may cause the chin to move forward a bit. Improvements to your teeth and your facial appearance will do wonders to your self-esteem!
Schedule a Consultation at Thrive Dental Studio
If crooked teeth are causing you to hide your mouth and feel ashamed of your appearance, then you should definitely talk to Dr. Figueiredo at Thrive Dental Studio about teeth straightening and other cosmetic dentistry options. Straightening your teeth can help you feel better about yourself, take better care of your teeth, and improve your overall health. If you live in the Portland, Maine area, we invite you to talk to Dr. Figueiredo about your teeth. Schedule a consultation at Thrive Dental Studio, and we’ll examine your teeth and let you know your options for teeth straightening.