Having straight teeth is often viewed as a luxury or something you desire but can’t have. This is especially the case if you are an adult who didn’t benefit from braces as a kid. While many people think having straight teeth only affects their smile, the alignment of your teeth is a big factor in your dental health as well.
Problems Caused by Misaligned Teeth
- Improper Bite—An improper bite happens when your upper and lower jaws do not meet correctly, often because your teeth aren’t properly aligned. This can lead to abnormal wear on the rest of your teeth and put a strain on your jaw muscles. It can also make chewing much more difficult and can even cause pain when eating.
- Greater Risk of Cavities—When teeth aren’t properly aligned, cleaning them is difficult. Food particles can hide in more places; plaque can build up. This puts you at greater risk for cavities and gum disease.
- Trouble with Speech—Sometimes misaligned teeth can make speaking and enunciating very difficult. In some people, misaligned teeth can even cause a lisp.
Getting Straight Teeth
Maybe you’re suffering from one of the problems above but didn’t know that it could be caused by misaligned teeth. Or maybe you knew, but you felt the problems were preferable to braces. But did you know far less noticeable options are available for straightening teeth—without metal braces?
Invisalign—The Invisible Aligners
Two of the biggest drawbacks to traditional braces are their visibility and the restrictions they place on your diet. As an adult, these drawbacks may feel even more pronounced.
Enter Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are clear and removable, so you can take them out to brush and floss your teeth, and you can eat whatever you want. They will still effectively straighten your teeth, just like traditional braces, but with a lot less hassle.
So don’t put it off any longer. Ask your dentist about your options to get straight teeth. Your mouth will thank you!