Reasons to Straighten Your Teeth this Summer
Posted on 05/10/2015 by Dr. Lovrovich
If you are considering straightening your teeth with orthodontic work, this summer is a great time to get started on your journey toward a beautiful smile. While you can straighten your teeth at any time, upcoming barbecues, Fourth of July celebrations, and beach parties make the summer months a great time to improve the appearance and function of your teeth. Orthodontics are appropriate for patients of all ages, and there are many reasons that you should finally take the steps to straighten your teeth.
Improve Your Appearance
With the summer months approaching, you may be working on how to improve your physical appearance. Tanning, exercising, and eating right are likely on your agenda for getting a beach-ready body, but don’t forget your smile. A straight smile is a beautiful smile, and straightening your teeth can go a long way in improving your appearance. Straighten your teeth over the summer and be prepared to show off a straighter, more beautiful smile during this year’s wedding season.
Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth
If you choose to straighten your smile this summer, you will be left with healthier teeth. Straight teeth are less likely to experience discoloration, fractures, and uneven wear, and they are less likely to develop cavities. The gums that support straight teeth are healthier than those that support crooked teeth, meaning you can chew and eat anything that you want. Straight teeth are less likely to experience cold or heat sensitivity, and they also lower your risk of developing expensive and painful dental problems.
Boost Your Self Confidence
A great smile is usually the first thing that someone new will notice about you. If you have crooked teeth or an improper bite, you may feel self-conscious of your smile and might try to hide it. Studies have shown that the better you feel about your looks, the better you will also feel about yourself as a whole. This improved self-esteem and confidence can benefit your life in a variety of ways, from dating and socialization to greater career opportunities at work, so consider straightening your teeth this summer.
Add Years to Your Life
Straightening your teeth can actually help you to live longer. Studies have shown that daily flossing can add seven years to your life, but when teeth are crowded or crooked, it can be nearly impossible to clean between them. When you aren’t able to properly remove food particles and debris from hard to reach places, you will be more likely to suffer from gum disease; a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology indicated that these individuals are 24-35% more likely to also suffer from coronary artery disease. By straightening the teeth, you will reduce your risks of developing gum and heart disease.
Reduce Jaw Pain
Problems with bite and alignment can lead to excessive wear on the teeth, and these issues can put undue stress onto the jawbone and jaw joint. An improper bite with teeth that overlap, are crooked, or meet in a strange way will make chewing and biting cumbersome and painful. By straightening the teeth so that they are located in their proper position, you will reduce the strain on the jaw and supporting muscles, relieving pain and discomfort.
Improve Your Oral Hygiene
Straight teeth are easier to clean, allowing you to improve your oral hygiene. When teeth overlap or rest on each other at odd angles, it is difficult to properly clean each surface. By straightening the teeth, you will soon be able to clean your teeth on all sides, and you may also be able to floss successfully for the first time in your life. By keeping your teeth cleaner, you will have less eventful dental visits.
If you are ready to get that straight smile you deserve, call us today at (206) 501-4566 to make your appointment today!