If you think this blog post will tell you that invisible braces will straighten your teeth, you’re only partially right. Yes, we admit, they do straighten your smile. But they’re actually capable of so much more than giving you a brilliant grin – they actually have plenty of health benefits for your teeth and gums!
Invisible braces help prevent gum disease
Straightening your teeth with invisible braces helps protect against the development of gum disease through closing gaps. When your teeth are crooked, they create open spaces and nook that are close to the gum line and hard to reach when brushing. Because they’re hard to reach, this means that food debris and bacteria stay undisturbed in these tucked-away places. Plaque and tartar can build up on the tooth and rest atop the gum line, irritating the gums and leading to the onset of gum disease. Your gums may well become inflamed, sore, bleed, and recede from the tooth, granting it an unstable foundation. By straightening your teeth with invisible braces, you create an even surface to brush with less irregular places for bacteria to inflame your gums. Straighter teeth and healthier gums!
Invisible braces help prevent tooth decay
In much the same way that they protect against gum disease, invisible braces also help prevent tooth decay. When teeth overlap and are crooked, they create folds where food and bacteria hide. Because these places are difficult to brush and clean, the bacteria are left to eat away at your protective enamel and reach the more sensitive levels of your teeth. By straightening your teeth with invisible braces, you create a more even surface and lessen the areas for bacteria to manifest in. Straightening your teeth helps prevent decay.
Invisible braces improve your occlusion
Your dental occlusion is how your teeth fit together when resting or in use; basically, your bite. When your teeth are crooked, they have the potential to not only impact how effectively you bite but how comfortably you can too. Misaligned teeth result in your jaw resting in an unnatural position, as well as muscle tension that can stretch all the way up to your temples and all the way down to your neck and shoulders. Straightening your teeth with invisible braces creates a more uniform structure for your teeth, encouraging your jaw to rest and bite more naturally. This could save you a lot of unwanted headaches, shoulder aches, and stiffness in the years to come as well as maintaining your proper mouth function.
Invisible braces help protect against bad breath
Crooked teeth harbour food and bacteria, this we know. When the bacteria start to break down the food into sugars, they release a toxin that erodes the surface of the teeth. This toxin is foul-smelling and lingers on the breath to create halitosis or, as we commonly know it, bad breath. This is also why bad breath is considered an indicator of more sinister dental problems developing, because it hints at the presence of bacteria and decay. By invisible braces help to straighten your teeth discretely and relatively quickly compared with normal braces, so you can save yourself and those around you from lingering bad breath.
Invisible braces improve your confidence and mental health
The physical act of smiling has been shown to stimulate ‘happiness hormones’ in the brain, namely serotonin and dopamine. This means that when we’re smiling, we’re genuinely experiencing and showing positive stimuli to our surroundings. If you’re self-conscious of your teeth and therefore don’t smile as widely, openly, and naturally as you otherwise would, you’re stopping your brain from experiencing these little flushes of hormonal happiness. As well as this, you might not feel confident in yourself and how you look regardless of the hormones you do or don’t release. Straightening your teeth with invisible braces not only ensures discrete treatment, but it also leaves you with more uniform teeth and a straighter smile.
There are so many health benefits to braces that you probably didn’t realise. Transform your smile today with Lion Dental Centre and invisible braces in Birmingham! Enquire online or speak to a friendly member of staff on 01384 376336.