Straight teeth – the benefits are not just cosmetic

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 your enamel and can cause tooth disfiguration. 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 teeth can put excessive pressure on your teeth/gums/jaw joint/jaw bone. 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 in ideal alignment, the pressure can be 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.