When it comes to straightening adult’s teeth, it is easy to assume that it is all about aesthetics. However, while straight teeth are certainly more attractive, there is a lot more to be gained when you invest in orthodontics as an adult. Straight teeth not only offer benefits to your appearance and self-confidence, but they can boost your oral health and quality of life in several ways too!
Whether you have teeth that are gapped, crowded or crooked, the goal of orthodontic treatment is to move the teeth into better alignment. Straight teeth create a nice smile, but they also ensure your bite is balanced and functional.
Orthodontics Offers More Than a Pretty Smile
The long-term return on your orthodontic investment is more than you think. Here are some surprising reasons why straight teeth matter:
#1 Better Digestion
Digestion begins in your mouth, as your teeth are designed for chewing and breaking down the food you eat. Teeth that are aligned can do a better job of this, which means your stomach and intestines don’t have to pick up the extra work from poorly chewed food.
#2 Cleaner and Healthier Smile
It is easy to understand why straight teeth are easier to keep clean compared to teeth that are crooked or overlapping. When we can properly clean all surfaces of our teeth, we can drastically reduce the risk for decay, gum disease, bad breath and other oral health issues.
#3 Improved Speech
The position of your teeth can significantly impact the way you pronounce certain words. You may be surprised to learn how much clearer your speech becomes when your teeth are in ideal alignment.
#4 Less Jaw, Head and Neck Pain
When excessive strain is placed on the jaw joint (TMJ), it can result in jaw discomfort, headaches and even neck pain. A bad bite or teeth misalignment is a common reason why patients have TMJ problems. Straightening your teeth can allow your bite to function more comfortably and effectively.
#5 Reduced Risk for Damage and Premature Wear
A protruding or crooked tooth is more likely to suffer damage from a fall or injury. In addition, when teeth are misaligned, the pressure of your bite is not always equally distributed. This can mean extra wear and tear on certain teeth and the eventual need for costly repairs.
Schedule Your Smile Straightening Treatment Today!
At Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces, we are proud to provide a full menu of orthodontic treatment options for adults. We have an on-site orthodontist that offers Invisalign, traditional braces and Six Month Smiles as the most preferred solutions for adults. Schedule your consultation today.
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