Do you suffer from an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or crooked and overlapping teeth? Are you unhappy with your smile and find yourself constantly smiling with your lips closed? At Laguna Vista Dental, we see many patients looking to improve the alignment of their teeth and give them that Hollywood smile. With orthodontic treatments, such as braces or Invisalign, our team can help you achieve that smile. However, a beautiful smile is only one of the benefits you can experience with straight teeth.
Having straight teeth can improve your life.
Having your teeth straightened is a big decision. This treatment is not a quick fix and requires commitment. However, when you choose to undergo orthodontic treatment to improve your smile, you will also experience benefits in ways you may not have considered.
When people first meet you, it is often your smile that first catches their attention. Unfortunately, if you have crooked teeth, an unnatural bite, or overlapping teeth, you may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable flashing your smile. Improving the alignment of your teeth and achieving a Hollywood smile gives your confidence a boost, allowing you to feel comfortable smiling. This boost in confidence can help when it comes to creating new relationships, both personal and professional.
While it may not seem like it, your teeth play a significant role in how you form words and sounds for basic speech. Speech requires a harmonic relationship between the vocal cords, tongue, lips, and teeth. When misalignments, overlapping teeth, or even spaces between teeth occur, this balance is interrupted, often causing a speech impediment. For example, you may experience a whistling sound when pronouncing words with an ‘S”. Choosing cosmetic orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth can correct these speech concerns.
Dental health benefits
While you may not like your appearance and smile with crooked teeth, the truth is misaligned teeth can be a big contributor to serious dental issues that can impact your overall dental health. Correcting your dental alignment with orthodontic treatment is far more than just simple cosmetic dentistry service. For many it is essential for optimal oral health.
1. Easier to clean your teeth
When you brush and floss your teeth, the goal is to remove food and plaque. Doing so avoids plaque buildup, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Unfortunately, when your teeth are overcrowded or overlapping, no amount of brushing will let you reach the food and plaque trapped between your teeth. In many cases, flossing is near impossible in these cases. When you straighten your teeth, you can better maintain a good oral hygiene routine and reduce your risk of dental decay and other oral health concerns.
2. Improved gum health and cavity reduction
As we mentioned above, overcrowded or misaligned teeth can make plaque removal from your teeth difficult. Unfortunately, when plaque builds up, your teeth and gums suffer. Plaque slowly begins to weaken the enamel of the tooth, resulting in cavities. If left untreated, these cavities can worsen, often requiring root canal treatment or causing tooth loss.
But your teeth are not the only thing at risk. When plaque builds up on your teeth, the bacteria triggers inflammation in the gums. You may notice bleeding when you brush your teeth, and they may feel sensitive. These symptoms are signs of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. If not reversed, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis or severe gum disease. This can make you at risk of bone and tooth loss.
3. Reduces or eliminates TMJ symptoms
Even if your teeth do not appear too crooked, even the slightest misalignment can contribute to the temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. This condition causes headaches, chronic jaw pain, jaw movement restriction, and clicking or popping of the jaw joint. Fixing it can help eliminate the symptoms and help treat your TMJ.
4. Less wear and tear on your teeth
In an ideal mouth, your teeth come together like a jigsaw puzzle. The even surfaces of your top and bottom teeth match up perfectly, offering optimal optional surface area for chewing.The surface area of your teeth is reduced when they don’t line up, causing teeth to come together in unnatural ways. This can contribute to additional wear and tear on the surface of your teeth, increasing the risk of damaging your tooth enamel and making your teeth susceptible to decay and cavities. In many cases, it can also contribute directly to cracks and chips in your teeth.
5. Reduces dental injury risk
Crooked or protruding teeth are more likely to crack, chip, or break when you experience a fall or other facial injury. Misaligned teeth can also contribute to regular cheek biting, causing mouth sores and injury. Realigning your teeth offers additional support to protect the teeth from injury and helps eliminate biting of the cheek and tongue.
The benefits of fixing misaligned teeth are not limited to just your oral health. They can also affect your overall health and contribute to poor nutrition, diabetes, and even heart disease.
Reduce or eliminate chronic headaches
When your teeth are crooked and not properly aligned, they stress the gums and bone structure supporting your teeth. The stress can contribute to headaches as well as pain in the neck and jaw. It can also contribute to TMJ or problems with your jaw joints. Fixing your tooth alignment will often reduce or eliminate these painful issues.
Improves chewing and digestion
When you eat, your jaw and teeth are the first part of your digestion process. Chewing breaks down the food, making it easier for the stomach and intestines to process. When your teeth are misaligned, you are not able to properly chew and break down your food. This can contribute to poor nutrition and stomach issues as your body struggles to process what you eat. Even when you eat healthily, you may suffer from an unhealthy gut and poor nutritional levels if you can’t chew properly.
How to get straight teeth?
The good news is you don’t have to live with misaligned teeth and all the dental and overall health complications they cause. At Laguna Vista Dental, we are here to offer you a solution that improves your oral health and gives you a beautiful smile you can be happy to share with everyone. While traditional braces used to be your only option for straightening teeth, Invisalign has become the most chosen method of treatment. This clear aligner offers patients a removable aligner that slowly moves their teeth into the desired position while allowing them to eat and clean their teeth without the restrictions traditional braces require.
To learn more information about how we can help you achieve a straighter and healthier smile, contact Laguna Vista Dental online. You can also book your appointment online or call our office at (916) 684-3105 today.