The benefits of straighter teeth go far beyond loving your smile. Dental research shows that straighter teeth are actually healthier teeth.
If you’ve been thinking about straightening your smile, consider these added health benefits of straight teeth.
Crowded teeth may make flossing frustrating due to the lack of space between your teeth, which can make it hard to get the floss into all the nooks and crannies. 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.
Clean teeth are healthier teeth. Trapped food in your teeth can lead to plaque, which increases the risk of cavities and tooth decay – both of which can mean costly dental work. Not only will aligners straighten your smile to help avoid that, but you’ll also be be brushing and flossing after every meal or snack.
In many cases, red and swollen gums are a direct result of teeth that are too widely spaced or too crowded, which can be minimized by straightening your smile. Research reported by the NIH has shown a link between periodontal disease and the loss of bone and teeth. And a lot of other bad stuff. 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. That extra pressure can cause your teeth to wear down sooner than they should – plus other scary stuff like possible gum recession, poor support at the roots, and loose teeth. It can also cause shoulder pain, neck pain, headaches, or muscle pain in the temples where the jaws meet near the ears. 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. Gapped, protruding, or crowded teeth can affect your speaking patterns. Straightening your smile can help. You might notice a bit of a lisp when you first start wearing your aligners, but in an average of just 6 months you could have the smile of your dreams and improved speech.
Poor dental health has been linked to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and more. Keep up with brushing, flossing, and regular dentist visits to help keep the rest of your body healthy, too. Don’t forget to order a new set of retainers every 6 months too to protect your new smile and prevent bad oral bacteria.
SmileDirectClub straightens most smiles in an average of 4-6 months and is up to 60% less than traditional braces. Now is the time to invest in yourself and your health.