You may think that straightening your teeth is simply for esthetic reasons only, but while esthetics is certainly one reason to straighten teeth, it is not the most important reason. The most important reason for straightening teeth is to maintain your oral health. Misaligned teeth can lead to numerous problems including decay, gum disease, chipped or fractured teeth, speech impairments, tooth loss, bone atrophy, chewing issues, dental injuries, poor posture, and even digestive difficulties.
Why You Need Straight Teeth
Crooked or crowded teeth can affect your appearance and your self-esteem, but they can also increase the risk of serious dental health problems. Harmful oral bacteria, plaque, and food debris can get stuck in a number of places when teeth are uneven and your teeth can be difficult to clean, leaving them vulnerable to decay. Left untreated the bacteria infested plaque can inflame your gingival tissue leading to infection and gum disease. When teeth are straight, they are easier to clean, and disease is less likely to develop. Orthodontic treatment is the only way to correct misaligned teeth.
Here at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury we offer three less conspicuous ways (than metal brackets and wires) to straighten your teeth:
Invisalign: Straightens teeth using clear BPA-free, soft plastic aligners custom-crafted to your individual bite.
ClearCorrect: This orthodontic treatment also relies on clear plastic aligners that can be removed while eating, and to clean your teeth.
Six Month Smiles: This orthodontic treatment system employs clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that blend with your dentition and can straighten teeth in six months.