Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Straight teeth are a hallmark of a great-looking smile. At IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Indra Quagliata, DDS, offers the latest advancements in teeth straightening and uses the Invisalign® system to enhance your natural smile.

While treatment with Invisalign can significantly improve the appearance of your smile, properly aligning your teeth also has a variety of benefits for your overall dental health.

Why proper tooth alignment matters

Outside of boosting your self-esteem and self-confidence, properly aligned teeth actually play a major role in your short- and long-term oral health. Some of the benefits of aligned teeth include:

More efficient cleaning

When your teeth are nice and straight, you can clean them thoroughly and remove more bacteria and debris.

Crooked and gapped teeth give food and other particles more places to hide and make it difficult for you to remove them, even with proper brushing techniques.

Less risk for cavities

Because straight teeth make it easier to practice good oral hygiene, you can significantly reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease.

Additionally, your risk for other major health complications caused by poor dental health, such as heart disease, is greatly reduced.

Decline in tooth damage

When teeth aren’t straight, eating, talking, and other mouth movements can cause damage to your teeth, such as chips and cracks, when they make contact with each other.

Misaligned teeth can also make it more difficult to chew food without discomfort or pain. Not properly chewing your food can lead to chronic digestion issues.

Stronger jaw health

When you have gapped or missing teeth, the health of your jawbone can become compromised. With no tooth to support, your jawbone can grow weak and lead to additional tooth loss, chronic jaw pain, and other dental health issues.

Misaligned teeth can also change the way you move your jaw when eating. This can lead to changes in the jawbone that cause pain or difficulties chewing and speaking, ultimately resulting in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

No more headaches

Correcting misaligned teeth can have an impact on other aspects of your health. When you have a bite that’s off or you’re prone to grinding your teeth, you may suffer from persistent headaches.

Say goodbye to muffled speech

If you have poorly aligned teeth, you may have a tendency to keep your lips closed when speaking to hide crooked or gapped teeth. This causes your speech to sound muffled or unclear.

Additionally, gapped teeth in the front can produce a whistling noise when you pronounce certain words. By straightening your teeth, you no longer have to cover up your smile and have the freedom to speak clearly without worrying about the look of your teeth.

Smiling makes you happy

People with bad teeth don’t smile as much as those with a sparkling, straight smile. It’s those daily smiles that increase your natural happy feelings.

Not only does a straight, nicely aligned smile make you want to show it off to everyone, you can also be proud of your teeth and enjoy the confidence healthy-looking teeth provide.

If you’re ready to get serious about straighter, healthier teeth, we’re here to help. Schedule a consultation at IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Rochester, New York, today using the online booking feature or by calling the office. 

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