Straightening your teeth with an orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign offers more than just cosmetic benefits. It can also improve your oral health.
In this post, the team at Northfield Dental Group discusses how a straighter smile can lead to a healthier mouth.
Chew More Efficiently
We use our teeth and jaws every day when we chew. If your teeth aren’t properly aligned, it can lead to an inefficient chewing technique.
You may be overcompensating on one side of your mouth or overusing certain muscles when chewing. Your enamel may also be undergoing excessive stress that weakens your teeth. This can lead to pain in the teeth, jaw or head.
Better chewing may also make it easier for your body to digest and process your food since you can break down food particles with less effort.
Easier Dental Maintenance
It may be more difficult to floss or brush when teeth are misaligned or crowded together. This could cause you to occasionally skip your dental hygiene routine or do a less thorough job.
Straighter, evenly-space teeth can be cleaned more easily. You’ll be able to floss and brush each tooth easily, and you may be more likely to do so twice a day.
In turn, this can reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
More Pride in Your Smile
You may be used to keeping your lips closed when smiling in order to hide your crooked teeth. Perhaps you put off going to the dentist because you don’t like thinking about your teeth or showing them to anyone.
Once you have a straighter smile, you may instead view your teeth as a positive attribute to share with the world. Since you’ll be smiling more, you’ll probably want to make sure you’re taking good care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist twice a year.
Of course, a straighter smile can also improve your confidence and self-esteem.
Learn more about your orthodontic treatment options by calling (973) 736-0111 or emailing our West Orange dental office.