A straight bite is good for more than just your appearance. While straight teeth are often something people strive for in order to make themselves look better and increase their confidence level, a straight bite also helps with your overall wellbeing.
Your teeth are made to fit together in a certain way to help them function properly when you eat, drink, smile and chew. When your teeth are misaligned, this can impact all these activities and lead to a range of problems with your oral health.
Here is how straight teeth contribute to your overall health and wellness:
• Straight teeth are easier to clean. When teeth are aligned, it’s less complicated to remove plaque, as there are fewer nooks and crannies for dirt and bacteria to hide. The buildup of plaque can lead to cavities, so removing it regularly is important to keeping your teeth, and the rest of your body, healthy.
• Protruding teeth and misaligned bites are more likely to be injured. This makes people more prone to chipping, clenching and grinding, which can cause premature wear-and-tear on the teeth, cracking, headaches, and jaw and neck pain.
• When your bite doesn’t line up as it should, it can be difficult to speak properly, or to chew food efficiently and comfortably.
Today, there are many more choices for people with misaligned teeth than there were in the past. Your dentist in Toronto’s East End offers options like Invisalign to help straighten your teeth in a way that is less invasive, more comfortable, and more visually pleasing than the metal braces you might remember from decades past.
Just like the name implies, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. The wearer will know they’re there, but if you choose Invisalign you won’t have to worry about walking into your next class or meeting with a mouth full of shiny metal. Invisalign aligners are also more comfortable than standard braces because they can easily be removed for eating or cleaning.
If you have crooked or protruding teeth or a misaligned bite, call Dr. Lily Lo and team at Lawrence Avenue Dental today. We’ll schedule an appointment to assess the state of your teeth and your bite and discuss the various options available to reposition your teeth in a way that’s comfortable, affordable, and leaves you feeling happy and confident.