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The Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

In our visual world, a straight smile is one of the most coveted physical features. In fact, 3 in 5 Americans would rather have a nice smile than have clear skin.

After all, a nice, straight smile can make you feel confident and in control.

But a set of straight teeth is more than just an aesthetic asset. Having your teeth straightened can actually improve dental hygiene and the overall health of your mouth, giving you peace of mind with a nice smile to boot.

A Straight Set of Pearly Whites Makes Cleaning Easier

Has your dentist ever told you that you need to floss more frequently? Recent studies have found that a significant portion of Americans avoid flossing, despite their dentists’ recommendations.

Flossing is already something most people don’t like doing. But did you know, crowded and crooked teeth can make flossing much more difficult? When your teeth are crowded or crooked, it’s extremely difficult to floss due to the lack of spacing between your teeth.

When crooked teeth make flossing more of a chore than it already is, many people give up on flossing altogether, ignoring the proper dental maintenance needed to keep your teeth nice and clean.

Also, a crooked smile makes it easier for food to get stuck in your teeth. When this happens, plaque tends to build up around the bottom of your teeth. Plaque build-up is not something you want to mess around with. In fact, it can lead to cavities and tooth decay if not treated properly.

Additionally, crooked teeth can lead to red and swollen gums. Irritated gums are often a result of teeth that are too crowded. When your teeth are too close together, your gums have a hard time properly fitting around your pearly whites.

Red and swollen gums are uncomfortable and can become extremely painful. Aside from the pain, untreated gum issues can lead to much more serious problems, like periodontal disease.

Many people who have straightened their teeth with invisible aligners or braces have found it much easier to floss and properly clean their teeth without the extra hassle.

Good dental hygiene is an absolute must if you want to keep your teeth in good condition for years to come, and having straight teeth makes good dental hygiene much more accessible.

Straight Teeth Lead To Less Wear And Tear

Crooked teeth can cause unnecessary strain on your jaw muscles and joints. Every time you bite down with crooked or crowded teeth, your mouth is sustaining significant amounts of pressure. Over time, this pressure can cause stress on the joints of your jaw.

When this happens, the joints and muscles that support your teeth are strained, and you are more likely to experience jaw pain, earaches, ringing in your ears, and headaches.

Straight teeth can actually decrease the stress and pain caused by crooked teeth by aligning your jaw and easing your bite pressure.

If you are experiencing the negative symptoms of crooked or crowded teeth, you may want to explore smile straightening options like Invisalign or traditional braces. Regular jaw pain and headaches make everyday life more complicated than it needs to be. Get in touch with an expert regarding your smile options today.

Get The Smile You’ve Always Wanted

Besides the aesthetic benefits, straight teeth help you maintain good dental hygiene, and protect you from gum diseases, headaches, and neck strain. The team at East Center Dental has helped many people get the straight smile they’ve always wanted. Don’t keep waiting for the perfect moment. Contact East Center Dental today and start planning for the future.