If you’ve been considering orthodontics as an adult, you may be wondering if there are any other advantages aside from appearance. Are there any heath reasons at such a late age in having your teeth straightened.
You’ll be glad to know that a properly aligned bite means much more than just feeling confident about how your teeth look. If you’re still on the fence about scheduling a consultation, here are four reasons to consider straightening your smile:
Aligned teeth get fewer cavities
One of the most significant complications of tooth crowding is the increased risk of developing cavities. Tight areas in the mouth tend to harbour acids and plaque biofilm. These crowded spaces give acids and plaque extra time to spend on the tooth’s surface, resulting in a higher risk of cavities.
Straight teeth reduce the risk of gum disease
Tooth misalignment tends to place the mouth at an increased risk of gum disease. Even if you brush and floss regularly, teeth that are rotated, leaning or crowded will tend to be the first to suffer from gum tissue detachment and bone loss.
Aligned teeth prevent uneven tooth wear
Tooth enamel is exceptionally robust, but when teeth bite against each other atypically, pressure points can cause them to wear down or chip away. Your teeth aren’t the only things at risk of breaking: dental work can start to fracture, too.
An aligned bite helps avoid TMJ disorders
Several factors can cause TMJ disorders, one of which is a misaligned bite. When your jaw alters its function because it’s challenging to chew correctly, it can strain the joint and tissues around it. This jaw tension can have several different knock-on effects that can cause you further discomfort.
Call us about an orthodontic assessment today
Book a consultation at our Oakleigh dental practice today for an orthodontic evaluation. Our highly experienced team is happy to answer any additional questions that you may have.