The world is changing, and nowadays, straightening your teeth isn’t only for teens. Adults can do it too. With Invisalign clear aligners, no one has to know you are in the process of achieving a straighter smile. Invisalign provides clear aligner trays. They are removable, comfortable, and, best of all, quick! Furthermore, straightening teeth with Invisalign is not purely a cosmetic procedure. There are many health benefits associated with having straight teeth that you might overlook as you consider getting orthodontics. Look through these health and quality of life benefits as you decide if straightening your teeth in Las Vegas is right for you.

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Straight teeth prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Crooked teeth are harder to keep clean. Food particles can get stuck in crevices that are hard to get at with a toothbrush or too tight to get to with floss. When food particles get stuck in your mouth, it’s the perfect breeding ground for bacteria which is how you get cavities and develop gum disease.

With straight teeth, you can easily get at all the surfaces of your teeth with a toothbrush. The only surfaces that will need extra attention are where your teeth meet. These surfaces can be taken care of easily and quickly by flossing. You’ll save time because your teeth will be easier to clean when you visit your Las Vegas dentist!

Straight teeth improve your digestion.

Chewing is the first step in your digestion process. With severely crooked teeth, you’ll chew less and put more pressure on the other parts of your digestive system. You may experience indigestion and poor nutrition because of it.

Straight teeth grind and tear food more effectively than crooked teeth. It’s easier to eat and chew tough and crunchy foods with straight teeth. Many of the healthiest foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are crunchy or tough, so straightening your teeth can even aid in weight loss.

Invisalign can realign your jaw to prevent jaw pain.

Temporomandibular joint disorder is when your jaw is misaligned. It causes pain at the joint site—just below your ears—and throughout the rest of your body and head. Sometimes, we are born with a misaligned jaw or had a jaw injury that healed improperly. Straightening your teeth with Invisalign not only moves your teeth into a better position but also moves your jaw into a natural resting position that can prevent or improve jaw pain.

You could still experience jaw pain even when your jaw is in the correct position due to crooked teeth. Straight teeth allow your bite to come together correctly, which will head off future jaw pain issues.

Invisalign can reposition your jaw to prevent sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a sleeping condition where you experience pauses in breathing throughout the night. You likely won’t notice these pauses, but you will notice you’re fatigued, sleepy, and overall unhappy. If your sleep apnea is due to your tongue obstructing your airway because your jaw is positioned too far back, you can fix the problem by straightening your teeth and moving your jaw.

Just like Invisalign can move your jaw to prevent and improve TMJ symptoms, it can move your jaw to avoid and improve sleep apnea. With your jaw moved forward, there is more space in your airway for oxygen to come in and carbon dioxide to go out. Without a blockage, you’ll progress through all the sleep cycle stages without interruption and avoid consequences like heart disease, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

Straight teeth protect each other from damage.

When your teeth are lined up in a perfect arch, you’re less likely to get tooth damage like cracks and chips. Depending on how large the crack or chip is, it may or may not hurt, but it will affect your smile. The healthiest and most beautiful smiles are straight, free to decay and damage such as cracks and chips.

Cracks and chips can also make it easier for bacteria to get into your tooth and cause decay. Your teeth protect each other by keeping the most vulnerable parts (the corners) together, so you don’t have to worry about eating something too hard or accidentally hitting your tooth with a fork or spoon.

Straight teeth help you speak more clearly.

Straight teeth can improve your speech because they’re optimal for your tongue to connect to make certain sounds. When you move your mouth to make the “th” sound, your tongue needs to contact your top and bottom teeth without any spaces. The “th” sound becomes more difficult to pronounce when you have crooked teeth.

  • “S” sounds can be hard to pronounce with an overbite or crowded teeth
  • T, D, and N are hard to say with an underbite
  • “Sh” sounds more like a “d” when you have crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth produce whistling sounds

When you have straight teeth, you’ll be able to pronounce all the sounds with ease. And, you won’t have any issues with saliva shooting out through the gaps in your teeth when you speak.

Straight teeth improve your confidence.

Having a straight smile improves your confidence. With improved confidence, you improve your quality of life. You’ll smile for photos, have the courage to make changes in your career, meet new friends, start a new relationship, and about a million other things that help you live a happy, healthy life. It all begins with straight teeth. Call your Las Vegas Invisalign dentist today at (702) 873-0324 or make an appointment online. The office of Dr. James B. Polley is here to make your smile and health dreams come true.