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3 Reasons Why Straight Teeth Equals a Healthy Smile

Posted on May 27, 2015 | in Orthodontics & Invisalign | by

Straight Teeth Are Healthier Teeth

Having straight teeth isn’t just for looks, having properly aligned teeth is a major factor in maintaining both optimal oral health – and overall health.

According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health.

Crooked Teeth Are Unhealthy Teeth

Lots of readers may have had braces when they were younger, but these days just as many adults are undergoing orthodontic care to bring their bite back into alignment and to straighten out their smiles.

There are several advantages dental patients receive by having their teeth shifted back into proper alignment with orthodontic or Invisalign treatment.

The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthy bite—straight teeth that properly meet opposing teeth in the opposite jaw.

A properly aligned bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew, and speak.

The end results of orthodontic care is not only improved self-confidence about your smile, but also improved dental & overall health as well.

Check out three of the biggest reasons why a straight smile equals a health smile!

Balance Out Your Bite

If your teeth are not properly aligned, this often means that your bite can be out of whack. And having an unbalanced bite can lead to discomfort or even pain when you close your mouth, grind your teeth at night, or even while eating.

Having a bite that is out of alignment can also cause you to feel pain in your jaw or even make chewing & speaking more difficult.

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, improperly aligned teeth and jaws called a “malocclusion” also can lead to tooth decay and a host of sometimes painful dental disorders.

Luckily we are now in a time where patients seeking orthodontic care have choices when considering the best option to straighten our their smiles.

Healthier Teeth & Gums

Gum disease is quite common, and if left untreated can lead to major health problems like diabetes and heart disease, not to mention rotten teeth & swollen, painful, bleeding gums – some of the major symptoms.

It has been reported that 3 out of every 4 Americans have signs of mild periodontal disease or gingivitis.

When your teeth are either too crowded, crooked, or spaced too far apart, these gum disease symptoms can often result due to the misalignment of your teeth which leads to problems cleaning between teeth & along the gumline.

Straight teeth & a straight smile provide best defense against potential periodontal problems.

Improved Self-Confidence

Just like your knee bones are connected to your thigh bones, the health of your teeth and gums are a window to the overall physical health & well-being of your body.

Not everyone is born with beautiful teeth, crooked teeth or spaces between the teeth may be a source of embarrassment or self-consciousness.

This is where the vanity aspect of straighter teeth comes in to complement the dental (and overall) health benefits of a properly aligned smile.

The outward appearance of your teeth and gums can say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of your smile, chances are you’re also taking proper care of your overall health & wellness too.

A straighter, properly aligned smile can afford you the improved self-confidence whether you’re getting geared up for wedding season, interviewing for a new job, or looking to meet that special someone.

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+Chris Barnard is Managing Editor of, a patient-centric Social Dental Network blog dedicated to enabling the digital dental health conversation - and the eradication of the cavity creeps.
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