While 42% of people say their smile is the first thing they’d change about themselves, the benefits of straighter teeth go beyond loving your smile. Dental research shows that straighter teeth are actually healthier teeth. If you’ve been thinking about realigning your smile, consider these added health benefits.
Have a crooked smile? You may have difficulty flossing due to the lack of space between your teeth, which can make it hard to get the dental floss into all of the spaces in your smile. Even if you floss daily, if you have crooked teeth, you have a higher chance of more food buildup between your pearly whites. Many people who’ve straightened their teeth with invisible aligners find it much easier to floss within just the few first weeks of wearing their aligners. And if it’s easier to floss, you’re more likely to keep up with it!
Of course, cleaner teeth are healthier teeth. Trapped food particles in your smile can lead to more plaque, which increases your risk of cavities and tooth decay. Both of these can result in costly dental work.
Red and swollen gums are a sign of periodontal (or gum) disease. In many cases, these symptoms are a direct result of teeth that are too widely spaced or too crowded in the mouth and can be minimized by realigning your smile. Having straighter teeth helps your gums fit around your teeth better, reducing your risk of developing gum disease.
Your teeth do a lot of work. Every time you bite down, they’re sustaining pressure. Living with crooked teeth can result in extra stress and pressure on your teeth. This, in turn, can cause your teeth to wear down prematurely, and those problems get worse with age. Possible resulting complications include chipping at your gum line and the edges of your teeth, gum recession, poor support at the roots, and loose teeth. Straightening your smile now can prevent you a lot of headaches down the road.
As a key part of your mouth, your teeth play an important role in your speech. Crooked teeth, whether gapped, protruding or crowded, can affect your speaking patterns. Straightening your smile can help alleviate some of these frustrations.
The American Dental Association has linked poor dental health to heart disease, cerebrovascular disease (the circulation of blood to the brain), stroke, kidney disease and more. Keeping your mouth healthy can help keep the rest of your body healthy, too!
For many people, straightening their smile isn’t an option with the high cost of traditional orthodontic treatment and the time commitment of monthly in-office visits. Plus, many adults don’t want the embarrassment of the wires and brackets of traditional braces. With SmileDirectClub Invisible Aligners, you can get straighter teeth affordably, conveniently, and privately. A state-licensed dental professional will prescribe treatment remotely and monitor your progress through the cloud, which means less cost for you. Get started today with our free smile assessment.