Are you in search of the perfect smile? You aren’t alone! Straight teeth are an important physical quality that many people strive to have, but as it turns out, there are numerous benefits beyond just the positive appearance of a straight smile. Did you know that crooked teeth could actually have adverse effects on your overall health?
With help from the team over at Invisalign, we are discussing some of the most prevalent issues that are associated with poorly aligned teeth.
Problems Invisalign Can Fix
When you think about Invisalign, you probably think about the clear aligners and how they work to make teeth straight. And that is correct! But, are you aware of how many different types of misalignment there are? Seventy-four percent of adults suffer from misaligned teeth, also called malocclusion, but every mouth is different. Here are some of the most common types of misalignment:
Risks Associated with Crooked Teeth
If you choose to not fix your teeth, you can, unfortunately, end up with periodontal disease and will undoubtedly put a lot of added stress on your teeth and your jaw. These effects will only grow worse with time. Properly aligned teeth don’t just look nice, they also work together properly and ensure no one tooth or set of teeth is getting overworked.
In this image, you see the same set of teeth at age 20 and age 60. At age 20, the misalignment does not seem that bad. However, by the age of 60, you can see how much worse the alignment has become as well as the additional teeth and gum issues that have arisen.
There are numerous other issues that are caused by misaligned teeth including:
- Chipped teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Jaw-joint issues and pain
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
Misalignment issues also make it harder for you to properly clean your teeth, which can help speed up the onset of the issues discussed above. Bacteria easily builds up in hard-to-reach areas, which left untouched can lead to periodontal disease. This disease starts out as inflammation in the gums and progressively gets worse and over time, resulting in issues like gum recession, loose teeth, and eventually, tooth loss.
Health Issues Outside the Mouth
Bacteria that builds up inside your mouth does not just adversely impact your teeth and gums, it can actually affect other parts of your body as well. In fact, this bacteria can travel through your body and end up damaging cells that make up your coronary artery, which can increase your risk of heart disease or stroke.
Thankfully, by straightening your teeth, you are extending their life and are far less likely to need major dental work in the future. Your risk for developing periodontal disease greatly decreases, and as a result, your overall health is improved.
We are your friendly Invisalign providers here in Vancouver, Washington and we want to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted! If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, please contact us today at 360-892-2994 or schedule an appointment online. We are currently running a special that will save you $500.
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