If you've lived with crooked teeth, you probably understand feeling self-conscious about meeting new people or embarrassed about the appearance of your smile. For this reason, one of the most significant advantages of having straight teeth is the confidence it provides when you feel good about smiling. This alone can be life-changing; however, there are other benefits that straight teeth provide, especially for your oral health.
Enjoying the Foods You Love
When teeth are crooked or overlap, it causes them to compensate when you chew. This means that certain teeth may be subjected to biting forces they weren't designed for, resulting in damage or fractures.
You may also experience the discomfort of having food trapped between teeth that overlap. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it can also contribute to the embarrassing condition of bad breath.
Keeping Your Smile Clean and Healthy
It is also increasingly challenging to brush crooked or overlapped teeth properly. When food gets trapped, it's harder to remove with a normal brushing routine and sometimes even floss.
If you can't keep your teeth clean, you're more susceptible to problems like gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. Straight teeth make brushing and flossing a breeze and help you protect your smile from the damage caused by these conditions.
Straighten Your Teeth With Ease and Discretion
The good news is that Smith Dental offers invisible braces with Invisalign in Hillsboro, Aloha, and Forest Grove, making it simple and convenient for you to get the straighter smile you want.
Invisalign works with clear plastic aligners instead of braces to gently move teeth into alignment. Clear aligners are comfortable to wear and virtually invisible for discretion. They are also removable, so it's simple to brush and floss your teeth and enjoy your normal diet throughout your treatment.
If you'd like to learn more about Invisalign and if it's right for your smile, contact one of our three Oregon dental offices today to schedule an evaluation with our dentists.