At Lively & Napoli Orthodontics, we hear from people every day concerned about the appearance of their smiles. However, more damage can lie below the surface of a crooked smile than misaligned teeth. Poor tooth alignment and oral malocclusions can cause other issues with your health that can impact your whole body. Dr. Mark Lively and Dr. Vincent Napoli use orthodontic treatment to move your teeth into alignment and improve your overall health.
Orthodontic treatment in Stuart can correct oral issues like crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites. While the most obvious benefit of treatment is a beautifully straight smile, there are many lesser-known advantages to straight teeth. We’ll explore some of these below, so keep reading to learn more!
Easier To Maintain Oral Health
Improperly aligned teeth can make oral hygiene a daily challenge. Overcrowding creates hard-to-reach nooks and crannies that allow bacteria and food to build up. Over time, these hidden threats could cause bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, infections, and other issues.
Left untreated, oral health concerns have the potential to cause permanent damage to your teeth and gums, including tooth loss. Crowded and rotated teeth can also rub against each other in unintended ways, creating premature wear and damage to the teeth.
This constant friction strips down the enamel, your teeth’s built-in protection against tooth decay. Damage to your enamel is permanent, and without this essential substance, your teeth are more vulnerable to threats against their well-being.
Maintaining clean teeth and healthy gums can result in a lower risk of oral health concerns. When your teeth are straighter, it is easier to clean your teeth and gums thoroughly, as well as protect your enamel.
Minimizes Breathing Difficulties
Teeth and jaw alignment issues can be associated with narrow air passageways. Improper jaw alignment can lead to mouth breathing or sleep apnea. A dry mouth can make eating difficult and increase your chances of infections and sores, and disrupted sleep can leave you tired and irritable during the day.
Orthodontic treatment with Lively & Napoli Orthodontics can help put your teeth and jaw in more favorable positions, which can lead to a noticeable improvement in your breathing.
Prevents Digestive Issues
The mouth is the first stop in your body’s digestive system, and your teeth’s alignment can play a significant role in its effectiveness!
Besides giving you a dazzling smile, the main job of your teeth is to break down food before swallowing. Thoroughly chewing food before swallowing is crucial to prevent choking and makes it easier for your body to absorb nutrients.
Misaligned teeth can make chewing food more difficult. Eating can quickly become uncomfortable or frustrating due to the spacing or crowding of teeth, making it strenuous to chew correctly.
Inadequately chewed food can promote indigestion, bloating, constipation, and intestinal gas. Bad breath and heartburn are also side effects of a struggling digestive system.
If you associate eating with negative emotions, you might become at risk of developing unhealthy eating habits, which can lead to malnutrition. Orthodontic care can help make mealtime and snack time much more enjoyable and beneficial!
The pain that mispositioned teeth can create in the jaw can also spread to your neck and head. Abnormal jaw function or other bite issues can lead to headaches and migraines. If not improved, this tension can develop into TMJ, an uncomfortable condition that stems from your jaw being unable to open and close correctly.
Gum disease, tooth decay, TMJ, and digestive issues can cause varying degrees of discomfort and pain. Fortunately, you can avoid most of these conditions and minimize their symptoms with appropriate dental and orthodontic care.
Improve Your Smile & Oral Health with Lively & Napoli Orthodontics
Lively & Napoli Orthodontics is proud to offer patients of all ages the full package: expert care, clear communication, a rewarding orthodontic experience, and exceptional results. If you’d like to learn more about how an aligned bite can benefit your overall health, contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation with our Stuart office.