Are you someone who experienced perfect baby teeth the first few years of your life, but once they fell out your adult teeth grew in crooked? If you are, your dentist (or parents) may have spoken to you about getting braces to correct the problem. However, because the process of placing braces, getting them tightened every month, cleaning them, and wearing them may take a few years, you may be wondering if the entire process is even worth it. Correcting misaligned teeth is not only about aesthetics, but there are also some serious health benefits to consider that could help you keep your mouth healthy for a lifetime.
For starters, having straight teeth makes it easier to clean them. Brushing and flossing are more difficult when the teeth are misaligned. There’s a higher chance that excess food and bacteria will remain stuck between the teeth and beneath the gum line. Over time, this could lead to cavities, bad breath, gum disease, and possibly tooth loss.
Having straight teeth makes eating more pleasant as some food may be harder to chew with misaligned teeth. Constantly chewing with crooked teeth can place stress on the jaw that causes pain and discomfort.
Misaligned teeth may also cause serious tooth wear. When the teeth overlap each other due to unevenness, they can cause pressure that could eventually crack and/or chip the teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can weaken and may require special treatment to correct.
Misaligned teeth are also more likely to be harmed in an accident than straight teeth. For example, if teens are in a sports accident and suffer from misaligned teeth, their teeth are likely to receive more damage than if they had straight teeth. Teeth that are properly aligned are more likely to remain intact in the event of an accident.
Believe it or not, a buildup of bacteria in the mouth can eventually contribute to larger health issues, such as diabetes and heart disease if left untreated. Because cleaning misaligned teeth is more difficult, the buildup of bacteria and plaque could cause other unwanted health issues. Keeping the teeth and gums cleans reduces the risk of these other issues from developing.
Therefore, if you are currently suffering from misaligned teeth, it’s important to get the issue corrected for the health benefits more than the aesthetic benefits. However, having a straight and healthy smile is known to help boost one’s self-esteem and confidence.
At McBride Dental, we offer MTM Clear Aligner for patients who are interested in straightening their teeth. These clear aligners are designed to fit each individual’s mouth perfectly as it gradually improves misalignment until the teeth are completely straight. Patients are expected to visit the office every few weeks to receive new aligners, which straightens the teeth faster than braces. Because no wires or brackets are involved, patients can remove the aligners while they eat to avoid food and bacteria buildup. We also offer other services to improve oral health, such as deep cleanings and gum disease treatment. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, call us now at (760) 471-1003.