1: Straight teeth are healthier:
People often think that straightening teeth is a cosmetic procedure. While this may be true, did you know that straighter teeth are healthier as well? Straight teeth have fewer cavities since it is easier to brush and floss. And by having your teeth in the correct position, you will eliminate uneven wear and less potential fracturing of the teeth. So, straight teeth are healthy teeth!
2: Prevent or correct medical problems:
There are other medical issues that may be corrected or prevented by straightening out your smile. A common one is sleep apnea, which is when a person snores a lot and can potentially stop breathing temporarily while sleeping. Misalignment (crooked teeth) can even cause speech difficulties. When the teeth are not in the correct position it is harder to brush and floss which can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease). These can lead to serious health issues like heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and even dementia.
3: Adults can get straight teeth too:
Yes, most of the time you think about orthodontics for children and teenagers. But there are more and more adults getting orthodontics, whether in the form of braces or aligner therapy (Invisalign). We have seen some phenomenal orthodontic treatment results in our adult patients. It is never to late to get a straight smile.
4: Live longer:
Straightening your smile could potentially help you live longer. Studies have shown that people who floss daily can live for an extra 7 years. When you have straight teeth, it is easier to brush and floss. A study done in 2009 and published in the American Journal of Cardiology showed people with gum disease are 24-35 percent more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease. So as mentioned, straightening your smile could help you live longer.
5: Prevent teeth from getting fractures:
Protruding teeth (buck teeth) are prone to fracture from an accidental fall, sports related injury or a car accident. When the teeth are properly placed, they are less likely to be in danger from having issues from accidents like these. We always recommend that everyone wears a mouth guard while playing contact sports. It is just smart!
These are 5 healthy reasons to get your teeth straightened this year. Please give our office a call to set up your complimentary new patient exam. We will happily show you how your smile might best be treated along with our flexible payment options. Don’t delay! (406) 327-0777
Dr. Troy Shaw and Team