Straight teeth provide you with more than a gorgeous smile and a boost in confidence. They also contribute to your oral health, so your smile is as healthy as it is pleasing. If you are considering braces (metal, clear, or Invisalign), the Bucks Mont Orthodontics team would like for you to take a few minutes to learn about the health benefits of straight teeth.
5 Reasons Straight Teeth Are Important to Dental (and overall) Health:
1. Reduces Risk of Tooth Decay
Misaligned teeth make it harder to brush and floss. Overlapping teeth and tight spaces provide perfect environments for bacteria to grow, increasing the risk of cavities. Straightening your teeth with braces reduces your risk of tooth decay because you can clean and floss easily.
2. Avoids Abnormal Wear
Misalignment can cause bottom and top teeth to rub excessively against each other, resulting in abnormal and premature wear. Tooth enamel cannot be replaced, and when it wears down excessively, it exposes dentin (the layer under the enamel), which increases sensitivity. Some types of misalignment can also make chewing difficult.
3. Decreases Injury Risk
Protruding teeth are more likely to chip and break during accidents, such as a vehicular collision or fall.
4. Helps Prevent Gingivitis & Gum Disease
Straighter teeth can help protect your mouth from gingivitis and gum disease.Bacteria in tight crevices and overlapping teeth will affect the health of the gums. Hard-to-clean areas result in plaque and tartar build-up under the gumline. Without a professional cleaning, the tartar causes inflammation in the gum tissue and can result in recession and bone loss around the teeth.
5. Reduces Risk of Other Health Complications
The mouth is an indicator of overall health. If your mouth is unhealthy from gum disease, then you may increase your risk of serious inflammatory health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. If you need braces to enjoy these important health benefits, work with Dr. Patel and the team at Bucks Mont Orthodontics in Warrington, PA.
Dr. Patel is a trained specialist offering traditional metal and clear braces, as well as Invisalign to provide patients with highly customized solutions. Contact the smile experts at Bucks Mont Orthodontics, proudly serving Warrington, Warminster, Chalfont, Doylestown, Jamison, Horsham, and the neighboring communities.
Call 215-398-0794 for your FREE consultation!