It is rather easy to find a dentist, too. As of 2012, there were 146,800 dentists in the U.S., and that number has only grown. There are a great many cosmetic dental procedures that can be performed at the dentist, too. Teeth whitening for cosmetic reasons is a popular treatment, and teeth straightening is often done for both cosmetic and health benefits.
In fact, there are a number of health benefits to having straight teeth, including:
When teeth are spread too widely apart, or even are too crowded, gums can become inflamed and red. This is often due to improper cleaning techniques, and it can be a sign of periodontal diseases. Having straighter teeth can help reduce the chances of these diseases occurring in the first place by reducing the inflammation and redness of gums. It will also allow the gums to fit more securely around the teeth, creating strong defenses against the germs that cause this common disease.
Easier To Clean
Straight teeth are also easier to clean than crowded or spread apart teeth, as stated above. Crowded teeth are especially hard to floss, which can lead to plaque buildup and eventually to tooth decay. The inability to remove the foods caught in braces that one gets can also lead to a similar outcome. However, in the end straight teeth are very good for dental hygiene, and thus for a healthy mouth.
Prevent Tooth Wear
Sometimes, a tooth can be forced to jut up and rub against the upper teeth. Or there can be a gap between teeth, and this leads to abnormal wear. Over time, this leads to inefficient chewing and can cause undue wear to tooth enamel. By getting your teeth straightened out, you can prevent this kind of natural wear and tear.
Teeth straightening is a great thing to invest in to have the best possible dental health. If you have questions regarding getting straight teeth, contact us or your dental provider. Your dental health is important to us, and making sure you have the best possible dental care is key to this.