Your smile is your passport to the world. It’s one of the first things other people notice about you, and it’s central to how they form perceptions about your confidence and energy.
A straight, healthy smile does more than make you look more attractive, however. Straight teeth improve your oral health and your general health too. They even reduce your chance of jaw disorders, headaches, and serious health conditions.
Your teeth are easier to clean
Crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth are difficult to brush and floss. When you miss cleaning one or more of the surfaces of your teeth, the sticky, bacteria-rich plaque that remains there increases your risk for cavities and infections.
When you straighten your teeth with Invisalign, you can more easily pass your dental floss between teeth and under the gumline. The dental floss removes food particles as well as plaque.
You improve your digestion
A misaligned bite applies stress unevenly on your teeth and jaw. When you have an overbite, underbite, or crooked jaw, you can’t properly chew your food.
As part of your Invisalign consultation, Dr. Conte creates a digital map of the current positioning of your teeth. He then devises a treatment strategy that slowly and gradually realigns your teeth so they set together like perfectly matched gears.
The alignment eases tension on your jaw so you can chew with the same pressure on both sides of your mouth.
When you properly chew your food and mix it with saliva, the enzymes that are released help to break down the food. Your gastrointestinal tract more easily digests fully chewed food, so you get the full benefits of the nutrients you consume.
You reduce jaw and head pain
When you correct the alignment of your teeth and bite with Invisalign, you also reduce your risk for jaw pain, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ. Misalignment of your jaw creates problems when you open and shut your mouth, leading to symptoms such as:
- Jaw pops
- Jaw clicks
- Jaw gets stuck
- Can’t fully open your mouth
The pain from a misaligned jaw may radiate to your head too. You may find that once you’ve straightened your teeth with Invisalign, you have less to no jaw pain and fewer headaches.
Good oral health improves overall health
If you can’t remove the sticky plaque that coats your teeth after every meal because your teeth are crooked or crowded, eventually the plaque hardens into a brown, crusty coating called tartar. Tartar can dislodge and travel through your bloodstream, where it causes problems with other organs, including your heart.
Tartar also increases your risk for cavities, tooth infections, and infections in your gums. Infections can pass through your bloodstream to affect other organs.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, creates inflammation in your body. Researchers have linked inflammation to everything from heart attack to stroke to cancer.