How Braces or Invisalign Can Improve Your Overall Health

Dr. Ana Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics identify some of the health benefits of having straight teeth after being treated with Invisalign or braces in Salem Oregon. Their ultimate goal is to help their patients live happier and healthier lives with a beautiful and healthy smile!

What’s Healthy About Having Braces or Invisalign?

Many patients choose to receive orthodontic treatment for the aesthetic purpose of straightening their teeth and improving their smile. Another bonus to having straight teeth is the health benefits that that they provide. However, many do not know what exactly these health benefits are. Dr. Ana Castilla and her team like to inform their patients about all of the benefits of having straight teeth!

A Healthy Smile Leads to More Self-Esteem.

Getting braces or Invisalign from Castilla Orthodontics and achieving straight teeth automatically helps improve self-esteem in most of our patients. One example is Alaina G., who posted on Instagram and shared with the practice that “I used to be so insecure about my smile/teeth. Now, I’m excited to show off these pearly whites to everyone I encounter… Invisalign is not the ONLY reason I feel more confident in my smile. The truest reason is because along this journey, I simply started smiling MORE. And when I smiled more, I realized that others around me smiled more. Smiling is truly contagious.”

When your teeth are straight, your mouth is healthy and your smile is bright. Many patients of Dr. Ana Castilla are no longer embarrassed of their crooked teeth, and can now put their smile and positive energy out to the world!

Less Plaque Build-up Because Straight Teeth are Easier to Keep Clean.

When you see an ad for toothpaste or a toothbrush, the models used in these ads typically have exceptionally straight and bright teeth. That’s because straight teeth, aside from looking better, are easier to keep clean. Whether the teeth are overlapped, overcrowded, or hard to reach, food (and thus plaque) may build up because it cannot be reached by a toothbrush or floss. This buildup of plaque can lead to cavities, discolored teeth, and bad breath. More serious problems including tooth decay and gum disease can be caused by a buildup of plaque. By simply aligning your teeth with braces or Invisalign, all surface areas of the teeth will then be easily accessible and can be brushed and flossed effectively.

Oral Hygiene Promotes a Healthy Body.

There is medical evidence that supports the fact that poor oral health may contribute to a variety of physical maladies beyond the mouth. These maladies include diabetes, stroke, heart disease and complications for pregnant women. Bacteria and plaque from the mouth can enter the bloodstream, the lungs, and the digestive system, thus affecting the entire immune system. Crooked teeth can also cause patients to have problems eating. When teeth are not aligned properly, it can be difficult to bite into hard, chewy, and crunchy foods. This problem can cause patients to stop eating certain types of foods, even if they are healthy and provide daily needed nutrition. Dr. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics stress the importance of good oral hygiene with their patients, and even have a quarterly contest to help promote it!

Less Injuries to the Teeth.

Crooked teeth tend to chip or break more easily than teeth that are in alignment. This is because the upper and lower rows of teeth receive more stress over time from grinding against each other when they are crooked. Protruding teeth also tend to receive more force while biting down, rather than the pressure being more evenly applied across the even rows of teeth. Braces and Invisalign correct these misalignment problems and ensure a healthy, straight, functional set of teeth for a lifetime.

Less Stress to the Jaw Bones.

When teeth are crooked or crowded, the functionality of the jaw is also compromised. This can not only lead to abnormal wear and tear on the teeth, but also cause discomfort or pain to the jaw. This pain might occur due to an imbalance between the jaw bones and their muscles and connective tissue. Chewing, biting and speaking abilities are optimized when you have straight teeth. By straightening your teeth, the pain will subside because your teeth and jaw bones will be aligned to work at their optimal effectiveness.

Start Your Journey Today Towards a Beautiful and Healthy Smile!

As you can see, there are several reasons why straight teeth and a healthy mouth are more than just a cosmetic concern. Correcting the misalignment of one’s teeth through braces or Invisalign improves the quality of life for the patients of Castilla Orthodontics. To start your journey with Castilla Orthodontics:

  1. Take a Virtual Consultation
  2. Call or Text us at 503-399-0721 to schedule a complimentary consultation
  3. Email us at justsmile@castillaortho.com
  4. Contact us via our website
  5. Stop by our orthodontic office in Salem Oregon