Clear Aligners: Health Benefits of a Straight Smile
October 7, 2020
When you look in the mirror, does your attention turn to your gapped, crooked, or overcrowded teeth? You don’t have to settle for a less than perfect smile. 1 in 5 orthodontic patients are now over the age of 18 because of a wider selection of treatments, like clear aligners in Southlake. You can get the confident smile you deserve without brackets and wires, but did you know you’ll also be improving your overall wellness? Believe it or not, here are 3 health benefits associated with a straight smile.
1. Healthier Gums. Healthier Body.
Your gums are equally important as your teeth for a healthy smile, but they are also essential to your general health. The biggest threat to your gums is a preventable infection called periodontal disease. Although anyone can develop the infection, alignment issues increase the risk because the teeth are more difficult to clean.
Not only can the infection lead to tooth loss, but it can also enter your bloodstream, significantly increasing your risk of various health issues, like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory infections, and diabetic complications. Moving your teeth into their ideal positions makes them easier to keep clean to keep the infection at bay.
2. Prevent Headaches and Jaw Pain.
If you suffer from reoccurring jaw pain or frequent headaches, it might not be from stress. Instead, poorly aligned teeth can cause an unbalanced bite. This can lead to strain on the jaw and muscles, resulting in headaches, facial pain, and even earaches.
Your cosmetic dentist in Southlake can use clear aligners to correct a variety of bite and alignment issues. A properly aligned bite prevents unnecessary wear on your teeth while also improving your oral functions to make eating, speaking, and even yawning easy and pain-free.
3. Improved Digestion.
Your teeth are crucial for maintaining a balanced diet. Unfortunately, if you have significant alignment problems, it can be difficult to bite or chew. You may even have to exclude certain foods from your meals, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Not to mention, you may not be able to thoroughly chew your food. If the pieces are too large, they are more difficult to digest. Correcting your bite issues can make it easier to break your food into smaller pieces to improve your digestion. Your body will absorb vital nutrients by consuming a wide selection of foods.
Invest in a Straight, Healthy Smile
You don’t need to live with the complications or risks of misaligned teeth. You can give your confidence a boost and improve your general wellbeing using the clear choice in orthodontics. Start your journey to a healthier mouth and body with Invisalign.
About Dr. Preetha Thomas
Dr. Preetha Thomas is a holistic dentist who focuses on the mouth and body connection when creating treatment plans to help her patients reach their goals. She has completed advanced training in oral pathology and has a Masters in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. If you’re ready for a straight, healthy smile, contact our office today to see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign.
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