Health benefits of Invisalign and braces

Most people that live on the Gold Coast understand the cosmetic and aesthetic benefits of having a straight smile, but many aren’t familiar with the health benefits associated with having orthodontics like braces or invisalign to get straight teeth.

Straight teeth actually lowers your risk of development of some serious diseases.

Gold Coast Orthodontist Dr Steven Semaan says that “Crooked, crowded or unevenly spaced teeth are harder to keep clean and tend to harbor more food and bacteria. This can lead to an increase in plaque and bacteria in the mouth which can cause decay and periodontal disease, a bacterial infection of the gums, bone and periodontal ligament that can enter the blood stream, travel to major organs and cause systemic complications.”

The American Academy of Periodontology agrees when they say that gum disease may contribute to the development of heart disease; increase the risk of stroke, premature birth and low birth weight; and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes, respiratory diseases or osteoporosis. Gum disease is usually caused by the build up plaque and tarter. Straight teeth that are properly aligned with invisalign or braces can help keep plauque and tarter from building up and also makes it much easier to brush and floss which leads to better gum health.

And the healthier your teeth and gums, the less money and pain you will spend over your lifetime on dental work.

Additional health benefits of straightening teeth include improved chewing and speech and less stress on supporting bone and jaw joints.

With the advances in orthodontic technology, straightening crooked teeth is easier and less noticeable than ever by using invisalign or clear braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners that gradually straighten teeth and correct bites.