Monday, June 17, 2013

The Benefits of Straight Teeth

The Benefits of Straight Teeth
Straight teeth give you a pretty smile and that is it, right?  So, so very wrong.  Yes, straight teeth can make anybody smile prettier:

But, the aesthetic benefits of Orthodontic treatment are only a small portion of the many health benefits of having straight teeth.  

The most important of these health benefits to discuss is cleaner teeth.  When teeth are misaligned and crowded, it is more difficult to brush and floss them.  And, as we all know, poor brushing and flossing contributes to tooth decay and gum disease.  

A bite that is misaligned can also lead to uneven tooth wear and put extra pressure on your jaw joint or TMJ (which we talked about here).  An improper bite can also inhibit your ability to chew properly and can cause speech impediments as well. 
So, while 50% of Americans agree that having crooked teeth makes a poor impression (see this article about an Invisalign sponsored survey), the health benefits are what make Orthodontic treatment truly worth it. If you are one of the 74% of adults suffering from malocclusion, or bad bite, you may consider the benefits that it may have on your overall health. 
For a more in depth look and to see the long term risks of having crooked teeth, you should watch this short video by Invisalign:
So, figure out if Orthodontics can help to create a healthier you!
Oh, and check out some of our before and afters here and here 

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