Does straightening your teeth improve your health?

Straightening your teeth using orthodontics can improve your overall health, but how are the two linked?

Orthodontics are used to fix an array of dental problems such as;

  • Cross bite
  • Over bite
  • Under bite
  • Open bite
  • Crowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Spaces/gaps
  • Over jet
  • Off centre midline

When teeth are misaligned and crooked, they don’t bite together correctly as they should, it is not only an aesthetic issue but it affects the health of your dentition in a number of ways depending on the severity of the problem and what the problem is;

  • Cracked/ chipped teeth
  • Build-up of harmful bacteria
  • Plaque traps between teeth
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Prematurely worn down teeth
  • Inflamed gums
  • Bone loss
  • Tooth trauma leading to discolouration

Let's go through how some of these dental health issues caused by misaligned teeth can have a detrimental effect on your overall health; The teeth can become prematurely worn down, crack and shortened. This problem is normally due to the teeth not being in their correct positon for the mouth to close and opposing teeth hitting them as you chew or simply just when you close your mouth. This will wear the teeth down quicker making it harder to chew foods, when it is difficult to eat your diet may then be affected. Either making you eat less as it’s too difficult to chew, or repetition of the same foods these both cause problems with malnutrition as you are not eating a varied diet containing your recommended 5 a day. Worn teeth can also make you eat more of the wrong foods as they are easier to chew e.g. soft foods such as cakes and ice cream compared to food that require more chewing like vegetables and fruit which will result in obesity.

Problems such as crowding means the teeth overlap one another creating areas that are traps for plaque and bacteria to collect, often these are unreachable with a tooth brush and even a hygienist may find it difficult to clean these areas. This build of plaque, bacteria and food debris left in the mouth will cause gingivitis and if left untreated can lead to periodontitis which has been linked to heart disease and lung disease. Refer to blog titled “why is oral hygiene so important?” Your mental health can be affected as well as your physical health, if you are self-conscious of your smile or have problems talking to people this can affect work life, and personal and to lead to self-isolation due to embarrassment of your teeth and in turn depression.

The conclusion is that straightening your teeth can help improve your overall health, it can also prevent any health issues from arising due to complications of misaligned teeth as discussed previously.

Caspian dental clinic offers a variety of orthodontic treatments to best suit your needs,to learn more, have a look at our orthodontic treatment page at http://www.caspiandentalclinic.com/treatments/Short-term-orthodontics-Invisible-braces-and-Inman-Aligners

 For more information and to book your free orthodontic consultation call us on 01923 254979 or alternatively book online.

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