3 Less Common Benefits of Orthodontics

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Orthodontics corrects crooked, unattractive smiles. While having straight teeth may improve the look of your smile, there are additional benefits that you may be unaware of. Your certified Invisalign providers in Greeneville at Tusculum Dental Care want you to know that the benefits of orthodontics go far beyond looks. Find out on our newest blog today the less common benefits of orthodontics, and decide if this treatment is right for you.

  1. Clearer Speech

Having a lisp or slurring your speech could be caused by the tongue’s inability to correctly move in your mouth to generate the appropriate sound, so you can enunciate your words. Your teeth are a crucial component along with your lips and tongue to create important sounds touch as “t”, “ch”, and “s” sounds. Even though a speech pathologist could assist with the pronunciation of your words, if the underlying issue of misaligned teeth is not addressed, you could continue to struggle with speaking clearly. Our cosmetic dentists in Jonesborough at Tusculum Dental Care have the tools and training needed to adjust your teeth to make it easier to speak clearly.

  1. Healthier Digestion

Your teeth and their ability to properly chew your food play a critical role in the digestion process. As you chew, food begins to mix with saliva that naturally occurs to chemically break down your food, making digestion easier. If you do not thoroughly chew each bite or if you have misaligned teeth that prevent the effectiveness of the chewing process, then your stomach must work harder to properly digest your food, potentially resulting in lost nutrients your body needs. Your leading dental professionals in Erwin, Drs. Craig Shepherd and Nathaniel Renner can straighten your teeth to aid in the food digestion process.

  1. Better Breathing

Poorly aligned teeth could make it difficult to comfortably close your jaws resulting in mouth breathing. There are numerous connections of mouth breathing to negative health effects, including dry mouth, snoring, chronic fatigue, brain fog, and bad breath. The adverse health effects could cause more severe problems in children as the inability to close their jaws could result in physical changes in their bone structure. The changes could cause difficulty with breathing, eating, and speaking. Your local dentists in Greeneville at Tusculum Dental Care have decades of experience in realigning teeth for the jaw to close correctly, reducing mouth breathing and other oral health issues.

What treatment options are available?

There are several treatment options available from traditional braces to the use of clear plastic aligners. Tusculum Dental Care offers Invisalign clear plastic removable aligners to provide straighter teeth. Invisalign treatment applies gentle, intentional pressure over time to adjust your teeth to their proper alignment. Each of the plastic aligners is custom-fitted to your teeth and needs to be worn 20-22 hours each day for the best results. Since the aligners are removable, you would be able to fully brush and floss your teeth as normal. One of the best benefits of Invisalign is that it is a discreet treatment process that could be completed in 12 – 18 months, depending on the misalignment of your teeth.

Invisalign in Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Erwin

Most people want to have straight teeth. With orthodontic options in Greeneville, you could restore your self-confidence. To find out more information about Invisalign and if it is the right treatment for you, feel free to contact our board-certified dentists in Erwin at Tusculum Dental Care to schedule an appointment by calling (423) 639-7575 or requesting an appointment online.