When you look in the mirror, it may seem like a crooked smile is only affecting the appearance of your smile. Maybe that affect on your appearance is affecting your confidence. While confidence in your smile’s appearance is important, crooked teeth can also cause harm to your oral health. Straightening your teeth can make them easier to clean, which decreases your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and oral health issues. Crooked teeth are more susceptible to damage and can lead to frequent headaches and jaw disorder. If you have teeth that are crooked or misaligned, straightening them can improve your smile’s health.
Easier To Clean
Overcrowded and overlapping teeth can create tight nooks and crannies where left-behind food, drink, and bacteria can hide during your brushing and flossing. The longer that harmful bacteria gets to stay in your mouth, the higher your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease grows. Gum disease can increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, and more. Straightening your teeth can make them easier to clean. Cleaner teeth are at a lower risk for developing problems.
Stronger Defense Against Damage
Crowded or protruding teeth are much more likely to be damaged because they can be sitting in awkward, vulnerable positions. Misaligned teeth usually sustain more wear and tear from daily functions, which can weaken them over time. Straighter teeth are more formidable against accidents and through everyday use.
Less Risk of TMJ Disorder
Misalignment in your bite can lead to an increased strain on your jaw. Misalignment can also cause you to grind your teeth. Friction caused by grinding your teeth can create tiny fractures on the surfaces, which can leave your teeth susceptible to breakage and decay. The pressure put on your jaw can lead to developing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ disorder can lead to pain in your jaw, mouth, neck, face, and shoulders. It can also lead to popping or locking of your jaw, and ultimately to trouble opening and closing your jaw.
Straightening your teeth could lead to a healthier smile
Ask Dr. Jing if Invisalign can improve your smile’s health. To schedule a consultation, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive or 817-339-6413 in Lake Worth.