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Straight Teeth for a Healthier Smile

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Why Are Straight Teeth Important?

Straight teeth not only contribute to a beautiful smile, but they play a crucial role in your ability to maintain optimal oral health. Properly aligned teeth are the foundation to a radiant smile that will last a lifetime.

Residue from the food we eat can accumulate on teeth in areas that are hard to reach.

Compared to straight teeth, crooked or crowded teeth can create more nooks and crannies for plaque and bacteria to hide. If this harmful bacteria sits on the teeth for too long, the tooth enamel will wear and cavities can form.

By eliminating crowding, spacing, or overlapping teeth, proper oral hygiene becomes much easier! In addition to being easier to clean, straight teeth can:

  • Reduce your risk of gum disease. When stubborn plaque accumulates at the gumline, you may notice sensitivity, swelling, and tenderness, as these are the early signs of gum disease.
  • Improve chewing function. Overlapping teeth may not come together properly while chewing. Inadequate chewing function can lead to difficulties digesting food and less absorption of important nutrients.
  • Minimize wear on your bite. Teeth that are improperly aligned cause the jaw to tense and grow fatigued. Over time, this can lead to tension headaches and jaw pain.
  • Enhance the appearance of your smile. Many people who feel self-conscious about crooked or overlapping teeth have gained confidence by straightening their smiles.

Ultimately, straighter teeth can help prevent serious problems like tooth decay, gum disease, jaw pain, and other issues that may arise due to misalignment. When you choose to invest in a healthier smile, youโ€™re increasing your overall wellness. To find out your next steps to better oral health, give us a call today.