Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

If you find yourself attempting to hide your smile because of crooked teeth, you know that tooth alignment can play an important role in self-perception and confidence around others. But did you know that straighter teeth are also typically healthier? 

Dr.Mimi Theerathada at Westlake Smile Studio uses the latest technology to help get your teeth in order and show a winning, healthy smile.

Misaligned teeth 

Misaligned, crowded, and crooked teeth happen for a range of reasons. Your teeth might have grown in that way, or you might have a mouth that’s a bit too small for all of your teeth, so they all push against each other. Jaw issues can also play a role, if your upper and lower jaws are either poorly formed or are different sizes. If you’ve lost a tooth and now have a gap where it was, the remainder of your teeth can shift out of position and try to “drift” into that open space. Improperly fit dental restorations, such as crowns or fillings, can also play a role. 

Crooked teeth problems

Crowded and crooked teeth aren’t just an aesthetic issue, though that is a common and valid concern. Poorly aligned teeth make it easier for food particles and harmful bacteria to get trapped between your teeth and gums. Because these are often small and difficult-to-reach places, it’s hard to keep the areas clean, even with daily flossing and brushing, and the particles accumulate. This causes a buildup of plaque and eventually tooth decay and/or gum disease.

Problems associated with misaligned teeth include:

Crowded and crooked teeth solutions

Thankfully, metal braces are no longer the only treatment for misaligned teeth. Invisalign is an easy-to-use tray system that appeals to adults, in particular, because the custom devices are virtually invisible. After being fitted for the trays, you’ll receive a series to wear for designated amounts of time. Each device will fit slightly more snugly than the one before and gradually move your teeth into better alignment. 

Invisalign versus braces

In addition to being far less visible, Invisalign provides numerous benefits that make it more convenient and appealing than braces for straighter teeth. Unlike metal braces, which stay in your mouth for up to several years, you remove the Invisalign trays for eating and sleeping, making it easier to keep your teeth (and the trays) clean, and guarding against harmful plaque and related complications. In addition, most people use them for only about 18 months

Want a brighter and healthier smile? Call Westlake Smile Studio today to get started on the path to better aligned teeth. Dr. Theerathada and her team would love to assist you.

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