Straight Teeth Are Healthier Teeth
The day your braces are removed is satisfying in so many ways.
There’s the relief that comes from no longer having brackets and wires attached to your teeth.
There’s the anticipation of finally getting to eat those foods that you’ve avoided during the years that your braces were on your teeth.
And there’s the satisfaction of knowing your smile looks better than it ever has because your teeth are straighter than they’ve ever been. This is the main reason many people go through orthodontic care, and it’s certainly important.
When you feel comfortable with your smile, you feel more confident in social and professional situations.
The day your braces come off is a good day for the team at Hubbard & Leath Dental, too, because we know your efforts can benefit your long-term oral health as well. If you would like to know more, keep reading.
And if you have questions about your orthodontic options, then schedule a consultation at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI.
Five Ways Orthodontics Is Good For Your Oral Health
Having a nice smile is good for a number of reasons.
On a personal level, it can be a boost to your self-esteem. From a social perspective, surveys have shown that people with nice smiles are more likely to be considered attractive, friendly, and trustworthy.
None of that addresses how straight teeth can improve your oral health. So, here are five reasons having straight teeth can help you keep your mouth healthy.
▪︎ 1. Straight teeth are easier to clean.
Let us be clear about one thing. Your teeth will not start cleaning themselves. You still should brush twice a day, floss once per day, and visit our office a few times each year for professional cleanings and examinations.
However, having straight teeth makes it easier to clean your teeth and to remove any bacteria, plaque, or tartar from your mouth.
When your teeth don’t overlap one another, it’s easier to clean more of the surface with your toothbrush. When your teeth aren’t crowded together, it’s easier to remove food particles that may have been stuck between your teeth and gums.
▪︎ 2. You reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
When your regular cleaning (both at home and at the dentist office) is more effective, then you are less likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease.
Bacteria and plaque buildup often occur prior to the development of cavities and gum problems. When you are able to effectively remove the cause of those conditions, it makes sense that you are helping maintain your oral health.
▪︎ 3. You reduce the effects of wear on your teeth.
When teeth are misaligned due to overbites, underbites, and crossbites, it can lead to increased wear and tear on your teeth. That can cause your enamel to wear down with time.
Enamel is the outer layer of your teeth. It also happens to be the hardest substance on the human body, and it plays an important role in protecting the more vulnerable parts on the inside of your teeth.
When your teeth are in good alignment, you are less likely to experience worn down enamel.
▪︎ 4. You are less likely to injure the soft tissues in your mouth.
We’ve all bitten our tongue, our lips, and our inner cheeks at one point or another.
Those accidental bites are more likely to occur and likely to occur more frequently if our teeth are not lined up correctly. Misalignments create spaces where our soft tissues can get caught.
This may not be a big deal most of the time, but each bite can expose your soft tissue to possible infections.
▪︎ 5. You will be motivated to keep your teeth healthy.
Again, this is more a side effect of having straight teeth than a direct result.
Think about it for a moment. If you have spent years wearing braces or ClearCorrect aligners, then you will appreciate the work that went into creating your smile.
If you don’t take care of your teeth — if you let cavities develop, if you let gum disease take hold — then you risk losing teeth, and that work you went into making them straight will be lost.
Choosing The Right Orthodontic Option For You
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we have helped thousands of patients straighten their teeth at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI. We offer traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and ClearCorrect aligners, and our dentists will be glad to discuss which of these options will work best for you or for your son or daughter.