Poor teeth don’t just include wear and tear, but tooth misalignment as well. This means that your teeth are crooked and aren’t straight. Naturally, a crooked smile and tooth misalignment can damage your smile, your confidence and low self-esteem, causing you to hide your smile. However, there are many cosmetic treatments available so that straight teeth reduce periodontal disease, none more so than Invisalign.
One of the benefits of Invisalign is to straighten your teeth, but a specific benefit we focus on here is whether straight teeth reduce periodontal disease.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is the advanced stage of gum disease, where your gum tissue is seriously damaged, causing infections and inflammation of the gums and bones that support the teeth. Periodontal disease is typically caused by poor oral health habits and a lifestyle that damages your oral health, such as poor brushing and flossing and eating a fad diet.
Advanced stages of periodontal disease can lead to sore and bleeding gums, painful chewing and tooth loss. If periodontal disease isn’t treated early, it can get even more serious. This is especially if you suffer from tooth misalignment.
Periodontal disease develops around the tissue and surrounds your teeth when bacteria gets trapped by dental plaque. The infection continues to spread to the tooth structure to cause your teeth to fall out. This is more common if your teeth are misaligned. Here’s why:
- Brushing your teeth becomes more difficult due to stubborn spaces in the mouth that your brush cannot get to
- Dental plaque and bacteria forms faster in the mouth
- Plaque hardens into tartar and traps the bacteria
- Gums being to swell
- Chewing becomes painful
- Gums begin recede, meaning a lack of protection to the gum pockets
How Can Straight Teeth Reduce Periodontal Disease
Straight teeth can help you reduce any effects of periodontal disease, especially because brushing and flossing your teeth becomes much easier, and there are fewer “trapped” areas where your toothbrush cannot reach. These are areas where bacteria and dental plaque is likely to form.
It becomes easier to care for your teeth and gums as part of a strong oral routine. It reduces the chances of tooth decay and dental plaque formation, which are the triggers that develop gum disease in general. When visiting the dentist for a check-up, it becomes much easier for dental plaque to scrape off the teeth.
If you’re suffering from tooth misalignment, we are here to help you. We at Wollongong Dentist have the available treatments necessary so you can feel happy with your smile again. All you need to do is contact us here and book yourself with us for an appointment.