It’s no surprise that the number one reason patients come to Sensational Smiles is to get straighter teeth. After all, we offer real, at-home Invisalign treatment that’s designed to effectively refresh your smile. Our board-certified orthodontists are experts in creating beautiful smiles our patients are proud to show off. But did you know that having straight teeth is about so much more than aesthetics?
Straight teeth, while physically more appealing, are not only the foundation of oral health — they support your overall health from head to toe. Straight teeth are easier to clean, have less nooks and crannies for bacteria to hide, and can even improve your self-esteem. So if you’ve been thinking about a new smile, there may be more reasons to get started than you thought. Here are some of the many benefits of straight teeth.
Straighter Teeth, Better Oral Health
People with crooked or crowded teeth are at an increased risk for periodontal disease. That’s because there are more crevices for plaque and bad bacteria to build up. Since it’s more difficult to brush and floss your teeth in these hard-to-reach areas, this can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and cavities. People with protruding teeth are also more likely to chip or damage their teeth.
Straight teeth, on the other hand, are much easier to keep clean and healthy. When your teeth are lined up properly, you can access all areas of your mouth to brush and floss with ease.
In Fact, You’ll Have Better Health Overall
Gum disease and tooth decay aren’t strictly oral health problems. If left untreated, they can have a significant impact on your overall health. Bacteria in your mouth can travel through your bloodstream and affect other parts of your body. Studies show that gum disease puts people at greater risk for a number of more serious conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. Having straight teeth can help ward off chronic illnesses by making it easier to brush and floss.
A Straight Smile Can Improve Your Digestion
Speaking of the connection between your mouth and the rest of your body, that bad bacteria we talked about can also wreak havoc on your digestive system. Once again, because it’s easier to clean straight teeth, a perfect smile can help reduce build-up of bacteria that can negatively affect your gut flora and cause digestive issues.
Additionally, chewing is the first step in the digestive process. Misaligned teeth can make it difficult to chew and swallow effectively. Straightening your teeth is an effective way to improve your ability to chew and digest your food.
Reduced Head and Neck Pain
Living with crooked teeth can cause undue stress on your jaw and gums, which can lead to chronic headaches and neck pain. Aligning your teeth with orthodontic treatment like Sensational Smiles will align your teeth and may relieve the pressure on your mouth. Not only will you experience fewer headaches and reduced neck pain, it will also become easier to chew, swallow and speak.
Having Straight Teeth Can Boost Your Confidence
At Sensational Smiles, we believe everyone deserves to have a smile they’re proud to share with the world. But sadly, people with crooked teeth are much less likely to smile than people with straight teeth. While straightening your teeth can improve a number of health concerns, it also has the added benefit of transforming self-esteem. As it turns out, having straighter teeth is proven to make you more confident and can even make you more successful.
In the workplace, a straight, healthy smile is proven to help you make a good first impression. Studies show that people also perceive those with straight teeth to be 45% more successful than those with crooked teeth. An authentic smile — that is, a smile you’re genuinely happy to share — is also proven to help you build connections with other people because it makes you appear friendlier and more approachable. So, by simply straightening your teeth, you may improve your chances for lifelong success.
The benefits of straightening your teeth go far beyond the physical appearance of your smile. It’s about improving your total health and getting the most out of your life. Ready to find out how Sensational Smiles can help you achieve your healthiest smile? Book a complimentary virtual consultation today!