Can Straighter Teeth Prevent Cavities?

Can Straighter Teeth Prevent Cavities?

Having crooked teeth is generally regarded as a cosmetic issue, but here at Cherry Family Dental, our team knows that straightening out crooked teeth with Invisalign ® clear aligners can provide a host of benefits, including improved digestion, clear speech, increased self-confidence, and reduced jaw pain. 

Straighter teeth can even help prevent cavities. Here’s how:

Crooked teeth make it hard to floss thoroughly

When your teeth are crooked or crowded, they overlap. Tight crowding can make it hard 一 if not impossible 一 to thoroughly floss between your teeth. Without adequate flossing, food debris and plaque can build up. Plaque is a bacteria-laden sticky film that covers your teeth, and the acid produced by the bacteria can erode your teeth, leading to a cavity. Interproximal cavities are cavities that form between two teeth, and that’s exactly where cavities form when crowded teeth prevent thorough flossing.

This type of cavity is particularly problematic. Because interproximal cavities form between two teeth, it’s difficult to see with your naked eye (which means it may take longer to diagnose) and depending on the severity of the decay, both teeth may require treatment. 

The best way to avoid interproximal cavities is to brush your teeth twice daily and floss once a day. Flossing removes the plaque and debris in areas that your toothbrush can’t reach. If you have crowded or crooked teeth, straightening out your teeth can help prevent this type of cavity. 

In other words, straight teeth are much easier to brush and floss. 

Eliminating those hard-to-reach areas with orthodontic treatments

In addition to crowding, misaligned teeth can also increase your risk of developing a cavity. Underbite, overbite, and crossbite are just three examples of malocclusion that can impact your oral health. Any bite issue or alignment issue that makes it hard to thoroughly brush and floss increases your risk of tooth decay. 

Invisalign treatments can be used to straighten crooked teeth, crowded teeth, close gaps, and correct minor bite issues. 

If you think you already have a cavity, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Untreated cavities can lead to complications, such as infections. If you have tooth pain or sudden tooth sensitivity, let us know.

Additional cavity prevention strategies

In addition to straightening out your teeth, it’s important to adopt good oral hygiene practices. This includes:

Fun fact: Eating a piece of cheese after your meal can help reduce the risk of cavities! 

A healthy smile is a beautiful smile

At Cherry Family Dental, we know the healthiest smiles are the most beautiful. No matter what sparked your initial interest in orthodontic treatment, the reality is that straightening your teeth can have a positive effect on your mental wellness, your self-esteem, and your overall health. 

To schedule an Invisalign consultation at our San Jose, California, office, call us at 669-238-2357, or request an appointment online.

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