Having straight teeth may seem only cosmetic, but a perfectly aligned smile is more than a luxury. Straight teeth have a huge impact on your dental health as well as your overall well being. Without a straight smile you are more susceptible to:
Increased tooth decay: When teeth are crowded or crooked it’s easier for bacteria to build up even if you brush the recommended two times per day. More bacteria build up means an increased chance of tooth decay.
Increased jaw stress: Misaligned teeth result in a misaligned bite when your upper and lower teeth come together. Constant pressure from chewing with a misaligned bite makes you more prone to jaw pain, headaches and even speech or chewing difficulties.
Increased ailments in overall health: Crooked and crowded teeth increase your chances of bacteria caused oral infections. Research by the American Dental Association shows that oral infections can potentially lead to other health ailments including heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.
As you can see, having a straight smile isn’t just beautiful, it benefits your dental health, and overall health, for now and years to come. Ready to take the next step? Contact our office to discuss your options for achieving a straight, healthy smile.
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