Straight Talk: Straighter Teeth Promote Oral Health

People with crooked or crowded teeth may be self-conscious of their smile, but what they may not realize is that aside from aesthetics, there are several reasons why misaligned teeth are unhealthy. Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for looks. Straight teeth means a reduced risk for numerous dental health issues. Following are just a few reasons why straight teeth are important for an overall healthy oral cavity:

  • Easier to clean

    Tight spaces in-between teeth can collect food and are harder to brush and floss properly. Plaque and bacteria can hide, increasing the chances for dental decay.

  • Prevent gum disease

    When teeth are cramped for space making them difficult to keep clean, periodontal health is at risk. Gum disease, left untreated, can lead to heart disease and various cancers.

  • Eliminates jaw issues

    A misaligned bite, or malocclusion, can cause pain in the face and jaw. Situations such as crossbite, overbite and underbite can effect speaking and chewing. When eating and digestion are effected from these maladies, overall health suffers.

You’re Never Too Old for Straight Teeth!

Some people notice the onset of periodontal issues, including recession of the gums, as they get older. This is often due to teeth shifting, a natural occurrence as we age, which can also cause the bite to be off, leading to difficulty chewing over time. With over four million Americans, nearly 25% of which are adults, that are in orthodontic treatment, it’s clear that people want straight teeth!

Fortunately there are now different treatment options to restore crooked teeth. At C R Dental Group, located in Dallas, Texas, Dr. James Reisman and Dr. Jordana Contrucci are trained and certified in Invisalign treatment. They also utilize the iTero Element Intraoral Scanner, making it more comfortable than traditional impressions. Contact us for an Invisalign consultation and we can help you achieve not only a beautiful smile, but better overall health as well!