Discover the Long-Term Benefits of Straightening Your Teeth
10 May 2021
World Orthodontic Day falls on 15 May 2021. This special day celebrates and highlights the constantly evolving world of orthodontics.
Orthodontics or orthodontic treatment focuses on diagnosing, preventing and correcting misaligned bites. This specialised field of dentistry plays an important role in not only helping you gain an aesthetically beautiful smile but also improve your oral health as well as general well-being.
When you hear of the word ‘orthodontics’, the first thought that pops up in your mind is most likely to be straight teeth.
Ultimately, this is the aim of orthodontic treatments but it is often misunderstood that orthodontic treatments are merely to realign your teeth to create a beautiful smile.
There is much more to be revealed about the benefits of straightening your teeth. This may surprise you but many of the benefits are linked to your health!
So, read on as we dive into some of them.
#1 Improves speech
Have you always had difficulties pronouncing selected words and feel embarrassed about it?
Misaligned teeth such as crooked or overlapping teeth can shift the placement of your tongue and allow air to flow through the gaps between your teeth. This can affect the way you pronounce some words, cause lisp, word slurring as well as create a whistle when you speak.
Orthodontic treatment such as metal braces or clear aligners like Invisalign® will give you a straighter bite and this will help you to improve your speech tremendously (and permanently). As a matter of fact, positive improvements can be experienced as early as 6 months into your treatment!
#2 Help with digestion
How does straighter teeth help with your gut health? Well, you’re about to find out.
Misaligned teeth can affect the way you chew your food and it may not break down as well as it should. Poorly chewed food can make your gut work harder and you could suffer from symptoms of an unhealthy gut.
Hence, with straighter teeth, you are able to chew your food more thoroughly and this helps to aid digestion. In the long run, well-chewed food helps your stomach to digest food well, keeping your gut healthy and happy.
#3 Reduces jaw and neck pain
There are many possible causes behind headaches, face pain, jaw aches and neck aches. If any of these symptoms persist despite ruling out common causes such as tension, allergies or any existing medical conditions, malocclusion could be the reason behind it.
Crooked teeth puts extra pressure on your gums and jaw. Hence, this is the reason why you’re feeling such discomfort. Among some individuals, it could cause jaw misalignment too.
By correcting your bite, you’ll have straighter teeth and this makes it possible for your jaw joints to work correctly. Soon, you’ll notice your frequent neck pain and headaches subsiding too!
#4 Easier to maintain
Crowded and overlapping teeth can put your oral health at risk. The chances of plaque and periodontal diseases developing in these environments are much higher as it is much easier for bacteria and food debris to buildup.
With straighter teeth, it’s easier to clean as well as maintain your oral health, as you need not worry about having any difficulties trying to reach in between the tight gaps of misaligned teeth.
#5 Damage control
Imagine placing constant force on one tooth each time you chew. Your tooth will not be able to withstand the pressure and naturally, this could lead to damaging it including causing your tooth to crack or break.
A cracked or broken tooth can turn into a dental emergency. This irreversible damage may eventually cost you your tooth in the long run.
The good news is, the risk of damaging your tooth (or teeth) can be reduced significantly when you’ve a well-aligned bite as it helps to evenly distribute pressure along your mouth.
If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, the above are substantial reasons as to why it should be seriously considered. Aligning your bite gives you not only a beautiful smile but it could improve your health too. Plus, in the long run, orthodontic treatment could also save you some dollars by preventing dental emergencies and keeping your teeth healthy.
Also, not forgetting that there are a variety of aligners to opt for including Invisalign®. Speak to your dentist to weigh your options and discover how you will benefit from orthodontic treatment.