A beautiful smile may be the ultimate outcome of orthodontic treatment, but there are also a host of hidden benefits to having straight teeth.
The advantages of a winning smile extend long into the future and encompass everything from psychological wellbeing to better general health.
Here are just some of the reasons why improving your smile impacts almost every area of life, including the top 10 hidden benefits of straight teeth.
Easier to clean
Pearly whites lined up neatly in a row are far easier to clean than overcrowded teeth or a misaligned bite. And this provides a great foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. Diligent cleaning and good oral hygiene results in fewer cavities and reduced tooth loss.
Less bad breath
As straight teeth provide fewer places for nasties like food debris and bacteria to hide, it also reduces the likelihood of bad breath.
The World Health Organization recently released statistics indicating worldwide, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities.
These cavities are largely preventable with that good oral hygiene we mentioned earlier. And, the greater access you have to all areas of your mouth courtesy of straight teeth, the more likely you are to avoid cavities.
Reduced gum disease
On a similar note, unimpeded access to all areas of the teeth and gums allows you to maintain better gum health through brushing a flossing. Gum disease is one of the main reasons for tooth loss in adults.
Recent research has found a link between mouth formation and sleep disturbance such as sleep apnoea. The upshot is straight teeth and correct jaw alignment can improve your sleep.
Good oral health is inextricably tied to overall wellbeing, and particularly cardiovascular health. Research indicates oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and sleep apnoea are often a pre-cursor to more serious heart complaints like cardiovascular problems. Therefore a healthy mouth equates to a healthier heart in the long run.
Prevents excessive tooth wear
A misaligned bite can put pressure on certain areas of the jaw, particularly when only select teeth meet or teeth meet in the wrong place. This leads to wear, which over time can result in cracked or broken teeth, worn teeth and tooth loss.
The teeth are a major element in speech, and incorrect alignment can result in incorrect enunciation or difficulty pronouncing specific sounds. Straight teeth enable the tongue to meet the teeth at the right place in order to create the correct sounds.
A great smile elicits a feeling of self-confidence, which in turn affects the people around you and how they perceive you.
According to a famous quote by Hiram Powers: “The eyes are the window to the soul, the mouth the door”. And as such the health of the mouth impacts almost all areas of the body and wellbeing.
At Norwest Orthodontics this ethos drives our continued commitment to best practice, in the knowledge a winning smile can assist in the improvement of overall health through greater confidence, greater hygiene, and greater disease prevention.
About Norwest Orthodontics
Norwest Orthodontics specialises in helping you achieve a great smile, no matter your age. We feature a range of orthodontic treatments that span from early intervention right through to remedial adult work.
We also have a suite of orthodontic treatment available that include discrete, removable Invisalign aligners, and welcome the opportunity to work with you to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.