Having straighter teeth allows you to better brush and floss all of the surfaces of your teeth and gums to improve your smile. By doing so you can reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease.
Avoid tooth decay- After a meal, saliva mixes with bacteria and food and create an invisible coat called plaque. Plaque wears away tooth enamel, left untreated plaque causes pain, sensitivity and infection (ex: periodontal disease.)
Prevent Gum disease- Plaque can also wear away soft gum tissue. Soft gum tissue can recede and fail to support teeth causing tooth loss. Gingivitis is caused by plaque that builds up around the teeth and gums. The gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Periodontal disease is inflammation around the tooth. Gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected. The body’s natural response to infection is to start break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place.
Ultimately having straighter teeth helps improve your health, smile, & self confidence. Give Dr. Mendieta a call today for an office visit!