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Important Health Benefits of Straighter Teeth

You’ve heard it said that brushing and flossing twice daily is the best way to get and keep a healthy smile, but did you know that your crooked teeth actually pose just as much if not more of a threat to your oral health than how often you brush? 

Fixing a crooked smile is often focused on one thing: aesthetics. We all want to flash the world our best and brightest smile; so much so that we often forget the incredible health benefits that accompany having straight teeth. 

Here, our team of dentists at ToothDocs shows you the flip side of the world’s most popular teeth-straightening treatments. Here are just a few of the ways a straighter smile is a healthier smile. 

Less wear-and-tear

When your teeth are crooked and out of proper alignment, they cause an excessive amount of stress on your gums, jaw, and other teeth. This results in unnecessary wear-and-tear, which can lead to a variety of issues, such as cracked teeth, jaw strain, chronic headaches, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder

Straight teeth work together instead of against each other, relieving the stress on your mouth and reducing your risk for other problems down the road. 

Easier chewing

If you think of your teeth as individual cogs in a complicated machine, then it’s easy to understand that even one wayward tooth can shove everything out of order. Crooked teeth impede proper chewing, a problem in and of itself and one that can also result in digestion problems. Straightening your teeth allows you to chew properly and supports your overall health through better digestion.

Improved self-esteem

Your smile plays a huge role in your self-esteem. In fact, a survey conducted by researchers for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that “48% of people think that your smile is the most memorable thing about you after a first meeting.” The survey also revealed that a flawed smile makes a person 37% less attractive and 25% less confident. 

Can you imagine making a first impression with a smile you’re proud to have? Straight teeth are an essential part of feeling confident in your smile and in yourself. 

Easier cleaning 

It can be hard to maneuver your toothbrush and your string of floss around crooked teeth. When it’s hard to clean your teeth, bacteria and plaque build up, leaving you vulnerable to periodontal disease and tooth decay. Straight teeth allow you to clean your teeth effectively and help you avoid common and potentially serious oral health conditions. 

Fewer speech difficulties

Believe it or not, your teeth are involved in how you talk. Misaligned teeth can impact the way you form and articulate sound, but straight teeth allow you to talk easily and freely. 

How we can straighten your smile

Don’t feel discouraged if you are struggling with a crooked, misaligned smile — we specialize in straightening them out. Our dentists take the time to understand your unique needs and goals and then recommend a treatment plan that will work best for you. We often recommend Invisialign® aligners as a convenient, discreet, and comfortable solution to a wide range of orthodontic issues. 

If you’d like more information or are curious about your teeth straightening options, don’t hesitate to call our office or request an appointment online. We have three convenient locations in the greater New York area.  

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