Are braces really that important? There are plenty of famous people who are known for their flawed smiles, so having misaligned teeth probably isn’t that big of a deal, right? While it’s true that imperfect smiles do possess their own unique charm, there are plenty of reasons to make sure that your teeth are properly aligned that have nothing to do with how you look.
Listed below are some non-aesthetic reasons that straight teeth are an important component of your overall oral health.
Having crooked teeth can make it unnecessarily difficult for a toothbrush to properly clean between your teeth, or even get a strand of floss in there. It can also make it hard for your dental professional to reach and they wind up putting a disproportionate amount of time and effort into cleaning one specific spot every time you go in for a routine tooth cleaning. Having teeth that are properly aligned makes it much easier to remove debris from in between your teeth and prevent unhealthy dental plaque buildup that will lead to more serious issues.
When you have enough space to properly clean in between your teeth that means it will also be easier to keep the areas around them, such as your gum line, clean. If you are able to reach every area of your teeth and gums, they will not only look healthier, they will actually be healthier.
If you have seen any inflammation or irritation along your gum line that could be because misaligned teeth don’t just make it harder to clean there, they could also be pressing on and irritating your gums. Red, swollen gums, particularly those surrounding crooked teeth, can quickly turn into lesions and cause periodontal disease.
Braces are able to realign and straighten your teeth and give you a healthier mouth. With devices ranging from Invisalign clear aligners to traditional braces, there are many choices for anyone looking to improve their oral health and their smile. Realigning your crooked teeth will make it easier for you to properly clean your teeth and maintain your oral health.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego area dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.