Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Cosmetic dentistry is on the rise — especially teeth straightening. The orthodontics industry has been steadily growing for years and is expected to hit $12 billion this year. It could be because access to dental care is better than ever. Or maybe it’s old-fashioned vanity, with people ever aware of the role a bright smile plays in their overall appearance. 

Whatever the reason, interest in straight teeth is at an all-time high, and most people aren’t even aware of the most important reason to fix their crooked teeth — better oral health. That’s the part that means the most to our expert team at Sac Dentist. 

We know that straight teeth are healthy teeth, and we love to partner with our patients to make them look, feel, and be the best they can be. We understand that when you spend your time and effort to make your smile gleam, you’ll also spend more time making sure they stay healthy. 

That’s why cosmetic dentistry isn’t only cosmetic; it’s a motivator that nudges you to brush and floss more regularly and come in for check-ups. Here are a few more reasons straight teeth are actually healthier than crooked teeth.

Straight teeth are easier to clean

If you have crowded teeth that are packed in too tightly, it’s hard to get floss in between them to remove bacteria and plaque. It’s even hard for your hygienist. If those areas can’t be properly cleaned, you’re at risk for gum disease and infection.

Straight teeth make chewing more efficient

Your teeth were designed to fit together perfectly. But when you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, it changes the way you chew, which means eating may take longer and food may get stuck. It may also wear down your teeth.

Straight teeth support your jaw

Everytime you bite down to tear, chew, or grind, your jaw is the driving force. It’s meant to move a certain way to get the job done. But crooked teeth throw your jaw’s motion out of whack and exert extra pressure on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Straight, well-aligned teeth keep your jaw aligned and pain-free. 

Straight teeth can help protect your overall health

Because crooked teeth could lead to periodontal disease and oral infections, they also put you at risk for more serious health issues such as premature births, heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, and stroke. 

Your mouth is full of bacteria. Most of it is completely harmless, but since your mouth is the first step in your digestive system and an entryway into your respiratory system, what happens to your teeth and gums — like gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth infections — can affect some very delicate organs by way of your bloodstream.

If you have crooked teeth, you’re not alone. About 35% of Americans are just like you — and they want straight teeth, too. 

If you’re in the Sacramento area and you’re curious about cosmetic dentistry, whether for teeth straightening, dental implants, whitening, veneers, or more, give us a call, send us a message here on our website, or use the handy Request Appointment button to schedule a consultation.

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