When you think of methods for straightening your teeth, you're probably focused on the cosmetic appeal. However, straight teeth are also important for health reasons. If your teeth are not well aligned or if you are experiencing problems with your bite, your dental health and diet can be affected. Various teeth straightening procedures can help you overcome these issues. These treatments are available across Kent, including at Staplehurst Dental.
Avoid damage, discomfort and pain
The first reason straight teeth are important is because problems with your bite can cause you pain and discomfort, with structural issues leading to achy jaws. These conditions can make eating and speaking more difficult.
When your bite is not even, your teeth will wear down more quickly and will be under more stress than teeth that are part of a well-aligned smile. This stress will almost certainly lead to dental problems, such as chipped, worn or cracked teeth.
In addition, crooked teeth are more difficult to clean and therefore more prone to infection than straight teeth. Bacteria, food particles and plaque can become lodged in places that are hard to reach with a toothbrush or dental floss. This puts you at greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Straight teeth are therefore essential for good oral health.
Can I achieve straight teeth inconspicuously?
An increasingly popular option for discreet teeth straightening is Invisalign. Invisalign can be used for a variety of different dental issues such as overlapping teeth, wide gaps in your teeth, cross bites, overbites and other bite irregularities. Invisalign are known as ‘invisible braces’. This is because they are less obvious on your teeth compared with traditional metal braces, due to the fact that they take the form of clear acrylic moulds.
Patients receive a new aligner every 2 weeks, gently repositioning the teeth to achieve your ideal smile. Invisalign braces are removable and can be taken out when eating, drinking and brushing your teeth. This is designed to make life a lot easier for patients, as they no longer have to worry about food debris getting stuck in their braces or deal with brushing around brackets and wires.