The Benefits of a Straighter Smile
The visible improvement to your smile may be striking, but the benefits of a straighter smile extend beyond appearance. Creating a straighter smile with the help of an orthodontist can improve your oral health, prevent a wide variety of medical issues, and improve your speech. A study conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III,) found that the majority of adults have misaligned teeth, known as malocclusions. Only 35% of adults in the United States have well-aligned teeth. Given this prevalence, it’s likely that you have considered the benefits of having a straighter smile. Here are five great reasons to consider having orthodontic work done.
Improve your oral health
One of the greatest benefits of having a straighter smile is improved oral health. Oral health is an important issue, especially since 80 percent of the population will have at least one cavity by the age of 34. Straight teeth are easier to clean, which means a lesser chance of developing cavities and periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing can improve the health of your gums because it removes harmful bacteria. This harmful bacteria, if not removed, can build up and cause infection that can spread from the gums to the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. This means that while periodontal disease starts with the gums, it can spread and can cause tooth loss.
Not only can having straight teeth improve your oral health, they can improve your overall health as well. An infection that begins in your mouth can actually spread throughout your entire body. Bacteria can enter into your bloodstream, which can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Unfortunately, many people can have hidden tooth infections that, if left untreated, can cause heart disease. A study by the University of Helsinki found that a tooth infection increases the risk of coronary artery disease, even if the infection is symptomless.
Prevent jaw pain
One of the unfortunate side effects of having crooked teeth is a misaligned jaw. This can cause issues with speaking and eating. Crooked teeth can put extra pressure on the jaw, which causes pain, headaches, ringing in your ears, and dizziness. Oftentimes clients will see an improvement in these conditions after they’ve straightened their teeth.
When you are confident about your smile, you will smile more frequently. Numerous studies have found that the simple act of smiling can improve your overall demeanor and make you feel happier.
The current underlying all of the benefits to having a straighter smile is a boost to your self-esteem and confidence. When your overall and oral health are strong and you feel confident about your smile, you will reap numerous benefits.
You’ll be surprised at the doors having a straight and confident smile will open, including better job prospects and a stronger likelihood of success at school and work. Book a consultation with Milnor Orthodontics to find the best treatment option for you.
At Milnor Orthodontics, our experts are here to help you achieve a priceless smile. Call our office at (970) 484-3214 or visit milnororthodontics.com to learn more. We're located at 1103 S. Shields St. in Fort Collins, Colorado.