1/18/2016 1:32 AM
While most people know that orthodontic treatment offers many cosmetic benefits, not everyone is aware of the fact that straight smiles are healthier smiles. Your local Ladera Ranch, San Clemente, and Newport Beach orthodontists, Dr. Barkate and Dr. Messanger, get great joy in seeing what a difference a healthy smile can make in a person's life. When you wear metal braces or Invisalign to improve the appearance of your smile, you are also improving your oral and overall health as well! Here are a few ways a straight smile leads to better dental, oral, and overall health.
It Is Easier To Keep Teeth Clean
Crowded, overlapping, and crooked teeth can make it very difficult to keep your teeth and gums healthy, as you may find it challenging if not impossible to properly brush and floss your teeth. But when your teeth are in alignment, it is easy to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. This leads to better dental health since you are at a lower risk for developing dental health issues.
Healthier Teeth & Gums
When you are unable to properly brush and floss your teeth because of an orthodontic issue like gaps between your teeth or crowded teeth, the bacteria associated with gum disease can cause problems with your teeth and gum tissue. Your gums can easily become inflamed and infected, and if your teeth are overcrowded, it can lead to weakened tooth structure, as some of your teeth can put undo pressure on others to move them out of alignment. Orthodontic treatment can correct overcrowding and gaps between teeth by moving your teeth into the proper alignment that is desired by your orthodontist.
Lower Risk For Serious Health Problems
When you cannot maintain proper oral hygiene due to the misalignment of your teeth, it can lead to serious problems with your overall health. This is due to the bacteria associated with gum disease that raises your risk for developing health problems. These issues include strokes, heart disease, and diabetes. However, when your teeth are properly aligned, maintaining good oral hygiene is easy, and you can keep plaque off your teeth, putting you at a lower risk for developing serious health problems.
Start Your Path To A Healthy Smile With Us Today!
As you can see, wearing braces or Invisalign can do far more than just provide you with a straight smile. Orthodontic treatment also helps you maintain good oral and overall health for a more healthy you! If you would like to schedule an appointment in our Ladera Ranch, San Clemente, or Newport Beach offices, contact us today to request an initial exam. You can call (949) 722-9010 for our Newport Beach location, (949) 365-0700 for our Ladera Ranch location, or (949) 481-8900 for our San Clemente location. We look forward to seeing you soon!