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Five key benefits of teeth straightening treatment

Tooth straightening is an orthodontic procedure that offers numerous benefits to oral health and can vastly improve the appearance of our smiles. Here we examine five key advantages offered by teeth straightening that makes this treatment so popular with dental patients.

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Healthier gums

Teeth that have gaps or are too crowded are harder to clean, which can allow plaque to build up more easily. This can cause the gums to become red and inflamed, which is a key characteristic of gum disease. Straightening the teeth helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, creating the strongest defence against periodontal issues.

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Easier cleaning

Easier cleaning

Because crowded teeth make it much more difficult to use dental floss or interdental sticks, cleaning away food debris from in between the teeth and gums can become nearly impossible. This often leads to the build-up of sticky plaque around the base of the teeth and the gum line, one of the most prominent causes of tooth decay.

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Decreases the risk of tooth injury

Crowded or protruding teeth are likely to take unnatural positions within the mouth, making them far more likely to be broken in the unfortunate event of an accident or other high-impact injury. Straightening the teeth can help to gain solidity across the gum line, reducing the vulnerability of the teeth to damage.

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Prevents abnormal wearing

Prevents abnormal wearing

Bottom teeth that are abnormally crowded are likely to jut out in order to find space to grow, which causes them to rub against the upper teeth. Over the course of time this can lead to an inefficient and skewed chewing function that will cause damage to the protective layer of enamel on teeth.

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Confidence

Although there are many other oral health benefits, teeth straightening treatment is commonly performed for cosmetic reasons. Patients are often self-conscious about the appearance of gapped or crowded teeth, so effective teeth straightening treatment offers a fantastic opportunity to regain a confident smile and improve self-esteem.

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Find out more

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about teeth straightening and the options available to orthodontic patients in Kent, please contact Southview Dental Care on 01732 865021.