benefits of straight teeth

Oral Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

Bloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg, PA

Heart disease, stroke, and diabetes cause the deaths of millions of Americans every year. You can prevent these chronic diseases by maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet and regular exercise, but did you know that having straighter teeth also could lower your risk of these diseases?

When you are living with misaligned teeth, it makes it more difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene. This can make you more susceptible to gum disease, a bacterial infection of the gums and jawbone. Severe and untreated cases of gum disease can increase the risk of heart disease, as the infectious bacteria from oral plaque filter into the bloodstream, where they can accumulate and affect the heart.

This is just one of the ways that living with poorly aligned teeth can be hazardous to your health. Your Bloomsburg cosmetic dentists at Hamilton Dental Care wanted to provide a deeper exploration of this topic. With that said, here are five ways that straight teeth can benefit your health.

Gum health is improved

As noted, gum disease is more likely for individuals with crooked teeth. Specifically, having teeth that are too crowded can lead to inflammation and redness in your gums—both of these are symptoms of gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease. If you have straight, well-aligned teeth, it’s much easier to keep your teeth clean, and eliminates those hard-to-reach areas between crowded or crooked teeth where bacteria tend to hide.

Abnormal tooth wear is minimized

If you have crooked or crowded teeth, this often causes one or more teeth to jut out, where they rub against the corresponding teeth. This friction, over time, wears away tooth enamel and even can affect the alignment of your bite, lead to damaged teeth, and tooth pain.

Risk of tooth injury decreases

Upper teeth that are crooked or crowded tend to protrude outward and are more likely to crack or break in the event of some sort of accident or mishap. A broken tooth usually leads to a painful and expensive trip to the emergency dentist.

Self-esteem increases

A good-looking smile is one of the most important aspects of making a good first impression. Various studies have shown that having an attractive smile makes you more likely to show it off. This will make you more self-confident, and improve your interactions both socially and in the workplace. Research shows that smiling frequently and having high self-confidence have other benefits, including improved cognition and diminished stress levels.

Orthodontic treatment in Bloomsburg

At Hamilton Dental Care, we offer orthodontic treatment through ClearCorrect in the Danville area, which uses custom designed sets of clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth by applying consistent and gentle pressure in a similar manner as traditional metal braces. ClearCorrect aligners are nearly invisible to others, and removable when you eat and brush your teeth. ClearCorrect also will not irritate your mouth and gums the same way as traditional braces. To learn more about ClearCorrect and the benefits of straighter teeth, contact the office of Hamilton Dental Care today by calling (570) 387-0533 or contact us to schedule a consultation.

Hamilton Dental Care is proud to serve patients in the areas of Bloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg in Pennsylvania.