The Benefits of Straighter Teeth
If you’re thinking of having your teeth straightened, you’re probably thinking about the cosmetic benefits. About a million adults in the U.S. wear braces, most of them because they want the look of perfectly straight teeth. Would it surprise you to learn that the benefits of straighter teeth go far beyond the way you look? Read on to learn more.
- Straight teeth are easier to clean. When your teeth are crooked or crowded, it can be hard to thoroughly clean them, getting between every space and crevice. This can lead to cavities, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues.
- Because they help you keep your mouth healthier, straight teeth are better for the overall health of your body. Cleaning your teeth removes bacteria, preventing infections from spreading throughout your body. Unhealthy mouths have been linked with a variety of health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems, and dementia.
- Straight teeth help your digestion. This is obvious if you think about it, because chewing is the first step of the digestion process. When you’re better able to chew your food, the rest of your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard.
- You’ll speak more clearly with straighter teeth.Teeth that are crowded, gapped or protruding teeth can negatively impact your speech patterns. Lisps and other speech impediments are more likely with crooked teeth. When your teeth are straight, your speech will be clearer, boosting your self-confidence.
- Straight teeth last longer. They’re less likely to break, crack, or decay and fall out. When your teeth are straight, there’s less wear and tear placed on your teeth, gums, and jaw when you bite and chew. Improper alignment can prematurely wear teeth down, causing chipping and notching at the gum line, fractures in the teeth, and abnormal flattening of the biting surface.
- Neck, head, and jaw pain can be reduced when teeth are straightened. Crooked teeth can contribute to jaw misalignment, straining the joints of the jaw and leading to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which can cause ear problems, dizziness, and chronic neck, face, and head pain.
- You’ll sleep better if your teeth are straighter. Crooked teeth can contribute to problems like sleep apnea and tooth grinding.
- Straight teeth can make you feel more confident. When your teeth are crooked or misaligned, it can make you feel insecure or unattractive. Havin them straightened can improve your self-esteem, which improves your mental and physical health. You’ll be less likely to feel depressed or anxious, and more likely to feel confident and sure of yourself.
At Park 56 Dental Group, we offer pediatric, prosthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, Invisalign®, emergency, and sedation dentistry, all at the highest level of treatment. We serve the Midtown, Central Park, Upper East Side, Park Avenue, and all surrounding Manhattan and New York areas, with a patient-centered practice that has hours to fit your schedule. Schedule your complimentary consultation today by contacting us online or calling us at (212) 826-2322.