If you’re considering straightening your teeth, you might be wanting to understand just how straighter teeth can benefit you. Here are five of the most important benefits of straightening your teeth with orthodontics like Invisalign.
Better First Impressions
You only get one chance to make a first impression. So why not make it a better one? Your smile is what people are most likely to notice when they meet you, and when they leave that first meeting, it’s what they’re most likely to remember. And how much of a difference will straighter teeth make? Plenty.
Surveys show that about 38% of people wouldn’t go on a second date with someone who has crooked teeth. And having straight teeth may make you up to 45% more likely to get a job. Those are two important consequences of making a great first impression.
You know how hard it can be to get your teeth clean when you have crooked teeth. If there isn’t something stuck between your teeth from lunch, then there’s usually a spot that you have to work extra hard to clean out at night. Including those tight teeth where it’s almost impossible to get the floss in.
And you feel those consequences when you come in for your regular checkups and hygiene visits. The hygienist has to take extra time cleaning away all the tartar that builds up. They may take advantage of that time to drop polite hints about brushing and flossing. Which, of course, you do, it’s just that no-one can tell.
But orthodontics helps you get rid of these hard-to-clean places. You’ll find it’s much easier to brush and floss at night. And your hygienist will probably be a lot happier with the results, too.
Lower Risk of Gum Disease
The benefits of easier cleaning aren’t just theoretical: they’ve been proven. Research has shown that getting orthodontics can significantly reduce your risk of gum disease. By nearly 50%! That’s right, a recent study shows that people who have had orthodontic work have 55% the risk of gum disease compared to people who never got their teeth straightened.
And when you lower your gum disease risk, you lower your risk of conditions that may come along with it, such as heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and, of course, tooth loss.
Want to enjoy your food more? Well, straight teeth can help with that, too. If you’ve found that you have trouble biting or chewing food, straighter teeth will make your bite more effective and efficient. No more need to cut things into tiny pieces and chew them forever. You’ll be able to bite through foods better and chew them up faster.
And you’ll reduce the number of food-trapping gaps in your teeth, too. Say goodbye to embarrassing lettuce or painful poppy seeds stuck in your teeth.
Lower Risk of Chips and Cracks
Our teeth are built to take force in one direction: straight along the axis from the root to the crown. They’re about four times stronger in that direction than taking sideways force. So teeth like to be braced against other teeth and aim straight at the source of bite force. But if you have crooked teeth, some of your teeth won’t be braced, and they may be taking force in a direction that they just can’t take it. That makes them more likely to chip or crack. And more chips and cracks mean more restorative dentistry like veneers or crowns.
Straighter Teeth Are Easier (and Faster) to Get Than Ever
And here’s another benefit of getting straighter teeth now: they’re easier and faster to get now than ever. In the past, people looked at being in braces for a year or more to get the smile results they wanted. Now they can get straighter teeth without ever being in braces. And, thanks to Six Month Smiles, many people can have the straighter smile they want in about six months.