At Liberty we love to create beautiful smiles, but the number one reason we highly recommend straightening your teeth is that straight teeth tend to be healthy teeth. As dental professionals our priority must always be your optimum oral health. Thankfully straight teeth are not only healthy, but also beautiful.
Here are some important health benefits of straight teeth:
BETTER ORAL HYGIENE
Crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth are much more difficult to thoroughly clean with normal hygiene practices. The result is unreached areas where plaque and tartar can build up producing cavities and discoloration. Poor or ineffective dental hygiene is also the primary cause of gum disease leading to gum recession, tooth, and bone loss. In the end, straight teeth are much easier to consistently keep clean and healthy with at-home brushing and flossing.
MORE EFFECTIVE TEETH
According to the American Association of Orthodontists: “Straight teeth help an individual to effectively bite, chew and speak.” Properly aligned teeth not only deliver a more pleasant smile, but also allow for balanced chewing. In addition, straightened teeth create an oral environment conducive to more natural speaking and breathing.
REDUCED RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL
What is the connection between straight teeth and a lower risk of heart disease and high cholesterol? Gum disease. Because well cared for straight teeth tend to keep gums healthy, patients inevitably experience a lower risk of additional health problems. On the other hand, patients with gum disease increase their chance to develop heart disease and high cholesterol. Just like Cheerios, straight teeth are heart healthy.