Teeth straightening can improve the appearance of your smile, help you enjoy healthier teeth and gums and prevent a range of dental health complications.
There are many consequences of having crooked teeth. Crooked teeth are responsible for an increased chance of developing cavities and tooth decay. They increase your susceptibility to gum disease and periodontitis and your chance of developing TMJ disorder, and if you have crooked teeth, you are more likely to suffer from premature tooth loss than those with neatly aligned, straightened teeth. Speak to your dentist about Invisalign London for teeth straightening. Invisalign is a modern and popular method of teeth straightening that is used most commonly to correct mild and moderate orthodontic issues but can also be used for complex orthodontic issues or sometimes as a standalone procedure or as part of a combined treatment plan.
By straightening your teeth with Invisalign, you can reduce your chances of developing cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, periodontitis and TMJ disorder. You can also reduce the likelihood of premature tooth loss and enjoy a beautiful smile and healthy teeth and gums.
Cavities and tooth decay
You must have a good dental hygiene routine in place. You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once and rinse your mouth after food and drink to remove lingering bacteria and food particles. Bacteria and food particles mix with the saliva and create a sticky layer over the front surface of your teeth, known as plaque. Bacteria in the plaque multiply until there are millions of bacteria in your mouth and over your teeth. The bad bacteria release acids and toxins that weaken the enamel covering your teeth. Eventually, the bacteria can cause small holes in your teeth known as cavities. Once cavities have formed in the enamel, the plaque and bacteria can reach the dentin; this happens quite quickly as the dentin is softer than the enamel. If you continue to avoid dental checkups, bacteria will enter the pulp, and your nerves will be exposed to the bacteria, resulting in extreme pain and discomfort. You will need to undergo a root canal treatment, or if the damage is irreversible, the dentist may have to remove the tooth. By straightening your teeth with Invisalign, you can reduce the chance of cavities and tooth decay because it will be easier to brush straightened teeth. Less plaque and tartar will build up in your mouth, reducing the chance of cavities from forming.
Gum disease and periodontitis
In the same way that bacteria and plaque damage the teeth, they can also damage the gums, making them red, swollen and tender, causing them to bleed when you brush your teeth and resulting in bad breath. If you avoid your dentist, gum disease can develop into periodontitis, a disease that affects the supporting structures of the teeth, including the alveolar bone; this can cause gum recession and bone decay, and your teeth can become loose and fall out. Tooth loss can have a huge impact on all aspects of your life. Also, periodontitis can cause other life-threatening illnesses, including cardiovascular disease. By straightening your teeth with Invisalign, you can significantly reduce the chance of developing gum disease and periodontitis, so speak to your dentist today and find out more.
Health conditions associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull, are known as TMJ disorders or TMD. Crooked teeth can cause TMJ disorders. You may use one side of your jaw more than the other, resulting in uneven pressure and greater wear and tear on that side of your mouth. You may notice pain in your mouth and jaw, suffer from stiffness or soreness or notice clicking noises in your jaw; these are signs of TMJ/TMD. By straightening your teeth with Invisalign, you can reduce your chance of developing issues with your jaw because Invisalign can improve the function of your mouth, including your ability to bite and chew food more effectively and how you speak. This will change the position of your mouth and reduce stress and tension on specific parts of your jaw to create a better balance and reduce the symptoms associated with TMJ/TMD.
Speak to your dentist today to enjoy better dental health by straightening your teeth with Invisalign.