What Straight Teeth Can Do for Your Oral Health

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A nice smile with straight teeth is something that we all desire. A confident smile enhances our self-esteem, makes us more outgoing, and there is evidence that it makes us more successful in different areas of our lives, too. When it comes to first impressions, straight teeth play a big role in how other people perceive us. Research has found that people with straight teeth are perceived as being smarter and more successful, as well as having more dates. Our smile can also be perceived as a broader reflection of our general health and popularity. If you are unhappy with your smile or the impact that crooked teeth are having on your overall dental health, it’s important to remember that you are never too old for teeth braces. Around 20% of orthopedic patients today are adults. This is thanks in part to the advent of direct-to-customer clear aligners that greatly simplify the process of straightening teeth. In this blog post, we will highlight the health benefits of having straight teeth and the issues that can arise from crooked teeth. We will also look at how to straighten teeth as an adult and why you should choose a treatment plan from SmilePath.

Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

Straight teeth aren’t merely effective at enhancing confidence and self-esteem. Nor are they simply about making great first impressions with new people. Straight teeth come with a host of important health benefits.

Makes Brushing Easier

For starters, teeth that are aligned correctly are easier to clean than teeth that are crooked and crowded. In order to maintain a clean and healthy mouth, we should all be brushing and flossing twice daily. Crooked teeth can make it difficult to effectively clean teeth, which over time leads to dental issues such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Straight Teeth Aid Digestion

With properly aligned teeth, we are better able to chew our food. This ultimately aids with your digestion, helping to prevent indigestion and other stomach issues. Chewing food with crooked teeth can put greater strain on our internal organs, given that food may not be thoroughly chewed (which is what our teeth are there to do).

Improve Speech and Pronunciation

People who have crooked teeth are more likely to have speech issues. This is given the important role that teeth (as well as our jaw and tongue) play in the formation of sounds. Issues that may affect speech and pronunciation include:
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Overbites
  • Gapped teeth
  • Open bites
Our teeth are an important anatomical feature that plays a role in how we are able to articulate words.

Less Chance of Developing Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a serious gum infection. It damages the soft tissue of the gum and can destroy the bones that support our teeth. It can lead to loose teeth or tooth loss. Straight teeth can help us protect our gums from disease, given how crooked teeth can make it difficult to effectively remove bacteria while cleaning.

Issues That Can Arise From Crooked Teeth

Let’s recap on some of the common issues that can arise from crooked teeth. They include:
  • Periodontal disease
  • Excess wear of our teeth
  • Speech difficulties
  • Chewing and digestion
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Bad breath
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
Now, let’s look at how to straighten teeth as an adult and reduce the likelihood of suffering from the above dental and general health issues.

How to Straighten Teeth as an Adult

There are different types of braces for straightening teeth as an adult. Of course, not all orthodontic options are created equal. Children and adults live different lives and many adults are not comfortable with wearing unsightly and uncomfortable metal braces, for example. Options for straightening adult teeth include:
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Traditional ‘metal’ braces
  • In-office clear aligners
  • At-home clear aligners
We’re going to focus on the latter option, given it ticks all the boxes for adults looking to conveniently and effectively straighten teeth. The benefits of at-home clear aligners are that they are convenient, affordable, and have fast treatment times. Given that we all live busy lives, it is not convenient to make regular visits to an orthodontic office. Likewise, many of us are uncomfortable with wearing unaesthetic braces that can impact our work and relationship lives. Let’s take a look at how adults can easily straighten their teeth using SmilePath’s incredible at-home clear aligners.

Why Choose SmilePath?

Here at SmilePath, we make it simple and affordable to straighten teeth. Click here to see if clear aligners are the right option for you. With our at-home clear aligners, all you need to do is follow our easy 3-step plan. Firstly, order an impression kit to take your dental impression at home and send it back to our team. Secondly, we’ll create a fully customized clear aligners treatment plan for your teeth. Finally, simply let the aligners get to work (treatment time is approximately 4 to 6 months on average) and realize an amazing new smile.

Improve Your Oral Health With Straight Teeth

Straight teeth are not just important for looking and feeling good, they play an important role in improving dental health. If you are looking for an effective and affordable way to improve your smile, choose Smile Path. Contact our friendly and experienced team today and learn more about how our at-home clear aligners can give you straight teeth that are worth smiling about.

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