Data suggests that figures for tooth misalignment in the UK are similar to those given in the video, as is the case across most populations.
Looking at the whole of human history offers rational reasons for the pace of dental development, against wider evolution. Even so, for modern man this can lead to a few inherent issues.
Whilst most of us choose orthodontic treatment to achieve a better smile, there are a number of short and long term medical benefits which straighter teeth will bring.
Day To Day Life
Dental problems logically play a part in jaw disorders and are a greater factor than is appreciated in causing headaches, ear aches, or a general feeling of discomfort in the oral area.
The stresses of misalignment are a primary cause of tooth wear, or damage. This will at least bring a requirement for increased dental treatment and can be a reason teeth are lost.
Less than ideal dental health affects other areas, from the freshness of our breath, to whether we can work. Deterioration is also the foundation for issues which appear in later years.
Wider Medical Concerns
Crooked teeth impair good oral hygiene and may lead to periodontal disease, the inflammation, or infection of your gums. Apart from soreness, this is the number one cause of tooth loss.
Associated bone loss may bring problems with treatment, or replacement. Underlying medical issues are linked to conditions beyond the oral area.
Gum disease increases your risk of having a stroke, diabetes, or heart disease. There is reasonable evidence suggesting increased problems during pregnancy, or speeding the onset of dementia.
Focusing on your oral health will help regardless of perfect alignment, although making life and self care easier can only assist.
The Invisalign Connection
What Invisalign have achieved is the creation of an orthodontic system which is quicker than most and more acceptable to people. This encourages a wide range of patients to take the orthodontic decision.
As aesthetic professionals, we share the pleasure a fine smile brings, whilst as medical professionals, we appreciate the deeper benefits. There is no greater concern amongst our team than our patients health.
That Invisalign treatment can bring added benefits is welcome and a long term bonus for all patients choosing this route.