Why Straight Teeth are As Much About Health as a Pretty Smile

Straight teeth may be aesthetically attractive, but they also offer so much more than just a pretty smile. Straight teeth are healthy teeth, and the experienced dentists at Midtown Dental Care in Midtown Manhattan, NYC, want you to know why fixing crooked teeth can benefit your overall health and well-being. A gorgeous smile is just an added perk.

Straight teeth do their job better than crooked teeth.

When your teeth are out of alignment, it makes it harder to bite down correctly. This could affect your ability to chew or speak. It can also wear down the enamel on your teeth if they rub together in ways they shouldn’t. Over time, crooked or misaligned teeth can lead to jaw pain and headaches, too.

Straight teeth are easier to clean.

If you’ve ever tried to floss overlapping teeth, you know it’s not an easy thing to accomplish. In fact, it’s a challenge to keep crooked teeth clean. Brushing and flossing nice, straight teeth is a much easier task, since there’s less of a tendency for food to get stuck between the hard-to-reach crevices.

Straight teeth allow you to easily clean all the surfaces of your teeth on all sides, keeping them free from plaque buildup that leads to tooth decay and cavities.

Since it’s harder to keep crooked teeth fresh and clean, you run the risk of developing tooth decay and swollen gums or periodontal disease. Left unchecked, you can develop cavities in your teeth, and swollen, irritated gums may lead to gingivitis. And, unhealthy gums are one of the biggest reasons for adult tooth loss, which of course, leads to even more dental issues.

If your gums aren’t healthy, your heart may be at risk.

A few years ago, the American Heart Association discovered a connection between gum disease and heart disease. Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissue that supports your teeth. While researchers are not absolutely certain why there’s a connection between gum health and heart health, they do know unhealthy gums can lead to risk of such serious conditions as heart attacks and strokes.

So, not taking care of your crooked teeth could potentially lead to serious health concerns. That certainly seems like one of the biggest reasons for straightening crooked teeth. Good oral health may actually (indirectly) save your life! That’s quite a significant health benefit.

You have options.

It used to be that if your teeth were crowded, crooked, or your bite was misaligned, your only option for correcting these problems was with metal braces. Today, in addition to traditional metal braces, there are also other, more convenient options, such as removable, clear aligners like the Invisalign® system. Many adults prefer clear aligners over metal braces for the convenience of being able to remove them to eat and to brush and floss more easily.

Be proactive.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to straighten your teeth for the aesthetic aspect of a perfect smile. Ultimately, your smile isn’t perfect if your mouth isn’t its healthiest. Don’t wait until your teeth are discolored as a result of decay, or your gums are swollen and bleeding — all signs that you need to improve your oral health.

Instead, be proactive and speak to one of the expert dentists at Midtown Dental Care’s Midtown Manhattan office. Concern for your comfort and a healthier smile are our top priorities. We closely examine your teeth, and your oral health, and explain the many options we offer so you can have a whiter, brighter, straighter, healthier smile.

Call or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool, today.

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