Why Straight Teeth are Healthier as well as More Aesthetically Appealing

Straight, even teeth have obvious aesthetic benefits plus a boost in self-confidence. But they also have health benefits that go beyond a confident, gleaming smile. At Crownridge Dental, we can help guide you on the road toward a straighter smile. You may be able to choose from several different options to straighten your teeth. Christian Pham, DMD, helps you choose the appropriate dental procedures to quickly straighten teeth with comfort and confidence … and boost your health, too.

Here are six benefits of straight teeth that go beyond aesthetics.

1. Better brushing

Straight teeth are easier to clean and experience less wear-and-tear over time. Flossing is a challenge when teeth are crooked and crowded. When you’re unable to floss properly, plaque builds up and increases your risk of tooth decay.

If your bottom teeth are too crowded, your bite can become irregular, and your tooth enamel may be worn away by uneven chewing, leaving teeth vulnerable to further decay. Straight teeth naturally tend to shed particles of food and are easier to clean all the way around.

2. Pain prevention

Crooked teeth place pressure on your jawbone, leading to misalignment and pain, including chronic headaches and neck pain. Crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth are also more likely to chip or break in an accident. Additionally, crooked teeth can press into the soft tissues of your cheeks or lips, causing cuts, sores, and even infections.

Straight teeth do not cause tissue damage or jaw pain, and are safer in an accident. Your mouth is designed to function best when your teeth are correctly aligned.

3. Clear communication

Straightened teeth produce fewer lisps or slurs around hard-to-pronounce words. Speaking with increased clarity can have a noticeable positive effect on your workplace performance and even improve your personal life.

4. Good gums

Your gums are healthier when your teeth are straight. Issues with crowding or wide gaps in spacing are a cause of periodontal disease. With uneven teeth, your gums may begin to appear inflamed, swollen, or reddened, common signs of periodontal disease. Untreated gum disease can cause mouth sores, bleeding, and bad breath, and increases the risk of tooth loss.

With a straighter smile, your gums fit more securely around your teeth, creating a strong shield for dental defense against invading bacteria.

5. Immune efficiency

Each time you swallow, your body ingests the bacteria growing inside your mouth. Oral bacteria entering your bloodstream can affect your brain and blood vessels. Your immune system can handle most of this everyday bacteria. But if decay or infection is present, your immune system carries a heavier load and is less ready to spring into action when it needs to fight a cough, cold, or other infectious disease.

Power up your immune resistance by keeping your mouth clean, cared-for, and correctly aligned.

6. Full-body focus

Having even and healthy teeth is an important part of your overall health and well-being. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that the bacteria from tooth decay and gum disease can have a serious impact on your overall health, even leading to serious conditions like:

Straightening your teeth often increases the chewing area, improving your overall digestive health. Straighter teeth can improve airflow, too, helping you expand your activity levels. And don't discount the health benefits of increased self-esteem that come with feeling secure about your smile — just smiling more lowers stress and can even improve cognition.

To begin your journey toward a straighter, healthier smile, give us a call at Crownridge Dental in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Pham is ready to help you.

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