Think you’re too old for braces? According to the American Association of Orthodontists, about one in five patients is over the age of 18.
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Still on the fence about starting treatment? Here are seven life-changing benefits of having straight teeth.
When you have perfect, straight teeth, your bottom, and top teeth will rest against each other perfectly. Crooked teeth, on the other hand, won’t align. In many cases, this can cause uneven wear against your teeth’s enamel.
You might start grinding your teeth together, which can make the wear even worse. Grinding your teeth is also known as bruxism.
If you have bruxism, you could unconsciously clench your teeth while you’re awake or asleep. People who grind their teeth together while they sleep are even more prone to sleep disorders. You might start snoring or develop sleep apnea.
Other symptoms associated with bruxism include:
By using dental implants to straighten your teeth, you can improve your bite. Once your teeth are straight, you can reduce your tendency to grind your teeth together! As a result, you’ll protect your teeth and enamel from future wear.
When you have perfectly straight teeth, you’ll notice it’s much easier to brush and floss. Brushing and flossing are essential for keeping food particles from hiding between your teeth. When left undisturbed, these particles can form into plaque or tartar.
When your teeth are crooked, you’re giving bacteria more places to hide behind. You might notice food gets stuck between your teeth more often, too.
Plaque can release acid, which allows cavities to develop. Once your teeth start to decay, you could also experience pain and tooth loss. You’ll need expensive, time-consuming treatment to correct the damage.
You can get ahead of the problem by learning how to get your teeth straight. Your dentist can suggest different treatment options based on your needs.
When your teeth are crooked, you might find it’s more difficult to chew properly. You need to chew to maintain a well-balanced diet. Otherwise, your body might fail to get the vitamins and minerals it needs to function.
When you have straight teeth, it’s easier to chew properly.
When you have perfectly straight teeth that chew properly, you can also reduce your risk of sustaining an injury. Crooked teeth, on the other hand, tend to protrude at odd angles. You could accidentally knock out a tooth or bite your tongue.
You’re likely a candidate for orthodontic treatment if you have a(n):
When your teeth or jaws are positioned properly, it can decrease your risk of sustaining an injury.
Remember, one of the benefits of straight teeth is they’re easier to brush and floss. With proper dental hygiene, you can remove plaque to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Letting plaque get stuck between your crooked teeth, however, can cause inflammation.
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to illness and injury. Usually, inflammation is meant to help your mouth fight off germs. Too much inflammation, however, can infect your gums.
You might develop gingivitis as a result.
Gingivitis can cause red, bleeding, or swollen gums. It’s important to treat gingivitis right away. Otherwise, it can develop into the more severe form of gum disease: periodontitis.
When left untreated, periodontitis can cause tooth loss. Bacteria within plaque can start eating away at the ligaments and bone responsible for keeping your teeth in place.
Gum disease can also cause stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
When your gums are stressed, it could also lead to jaw pain. The bones that are responsible for supporting your teeth might break down. You could experience chronic pain and tooth loss if your jaw isn’t aligned.
With perfect, straight teeth, you’ll remove this stress from your jaw. In addition to improving your bite, this can also reduce your chances of pain or headaches.
Are you missing a few adult teeth? Your dentist might suggest dental implants to help you restore your smile. Implants can also make it easier for you to chew and speak properly.
Before you get implants, your dentist will need to make sure your teeth are straight. Once your teeth are straight, you’ll have more space between your existing teeth for the new implants.
Straighter teeth can also help open your airways. If you’re struggling with sleep apnea, having straight teeth can help you breathe at night.
About one in four adults avoid smiling because of their teeth. Another 23% feel embarrassed about the state of their teeth. Meanwhile, one in five experience anxiety over the condition of their teeth.
In fact, perfectly straight teeth could improve the impression you make on people, too.
In one study, participants perceived people with straight smiles as more intelligent and more likely to get hired for a job. Almost 60% of participants perceived people with straight teeth as more likely to be successful in life.
It’s important to make a strong first impression in life. With straighter teeth, you’ll improve your self-confidence and self-esteem. When your self-confidence is stronger, you’re more likely to take on new experiences and forge new connections.
Ready to discover your beautiful, perfectly straight smile? By having straight teeth, you can enjoy these benefits for years to come. Improve your smile and your overall health with dental implants today.
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