Getting your teeth straightened with clear aligners is good for both your smile and your dental health. Clear aligners work by gradually moving the teeth into the correct position, resulting in a great smile. But having straight teeth is also important for dental health. When the teeth do not fit together properly, there are some oral health concerns that can arise, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Here are some of the dental health benefits of clear aligners.
When your jaws don’t align properly with one another, you have what's called a “bad bite.” The medical term for the misalignment of the teeth or jaws is malocclusion. According to the American Dental Association, some potential dental health consequences of malocclusion include tooth decay, loss of teeth, and jaw joint problems.
The good news is that clear dental aligners can address many different types of malocclusion. These devices are designed to slowly reposition the teeth in the jaw bone so that they not only appear straight but also function and align properly, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
Another issue with crooked or misaligned teeth is that they predispose you to developing gum disease. The medical term for mild gum disease is gingivitis. The advanced form of the condition is called periodontitis. Here are some of the signs of gum disease, according to the American Dental Association:
- Easy bleeding from the gums
- Swollen, irritated gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Receding gums
- Increased dental misalignment
Fortunately, there’s a solution. When you straighten your teeth with orthodontics like clear aligners, you become less likely to develop gum disease, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
Improved Oral Hygiene
When teeth are crooked, it is much easier for plaque to go unnoticed. With time, this can lead to cavities, bad breath, and plaque buildup, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Clear aligners improve oral hygiene because once the teeth are straight, they are much easier to clean.
A unique advantage to using clear aligners for teeth straightening is that they can be removed. This allows you to have improved oral hygiene during your treatment.
“The advantage of aligners is clear. Because they are removable, patients can more easily maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing like they normally would,” Brian Luong, DMD, MBA, MS, an orthodontist with The Hills Orthodontics in Anaheim Hills, Calif., tells WebMD Connect to Care.
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