5 Benefits of a Straight Smile

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Everyone wants a smile they’re proud to show off, but the benefits of straighter pearly whites go beyond cosmetics. That’s because good oral health directly correlates to better overall health. The same can be said about crooked teeth posing a stealthy yet significant risk to your health.
The trouble with crooked teeth, whether it’s overcrowding, overly spaced teeth, or serious misalignments, is that the situation is likely to worsen with time. The teeth can begin to become overlapped or overly spaced teeth may begin to move into open spaces.

What Straighter Teeth Offer You Apart from a More Vibrant Smile

You may think the best reason to get your teeth straightened is so you’ll look better. However, any orthodontist will tell you that’s only one of the benefits you can expect from straighter teeth. Braces can address numerous oral health hazards and fix them, so you no longer have to worry so much about your gum health, tooth decay, or bite comfort.

Taking steps to correct crooked teeth sooner rather than later can save you time, money, and stress, not to mention you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

1. Better gum health

Because straighter teeth are easier to keep clean, it is a huge help in warding off periodontal (gum) disease. Crooked, misaligned teeth make it much more challenging to remove lingering bacteria that triggers gum disease and eventually gum recession. If left unchecked and untreated, tooth loss results from severe gum disease and recession.

2. Prevention of tooth decay

Lower likelihood of cavities is often the result of a mouth with straighter teeth. That’s because straighter teeth are much easier to clean and floss in-between spaces that would be impossible to clean with crooked teeth, where food particles have a lot of extra places to get stuck.

3. A more comfortable bite

Misaligned teeth with an improper bite can cause a variety of issues, including specific teeth becoming more worn than others because they are used more than they should be. People with misaligned bites also tend to have higher instances of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Getting your bite in proper alignment ensures your mouth is more comfortable and without unnecessary tension.

4. Clearer speech

Crooked, misaligned teeth are sometimes to blame for speech impediments. Conditions such as overbite, gapped teeth, and overcrowding are all culprits of speech issues, in addition to embarrassing whistling sounds, lisping, and the distortion of letter sounds. Better speaking ability is directly linked to better performance in work, school, and even socially.

5. You’ll feel happier

Having a great smile is the obvious goal of teeth straightening. But did you know that when you smile more often, it stimulates nerves in your face that actually send signals to your brain that make you feel happier? Because more smiling leads to less stress, you can go forth feeling more self-confident and positive in ways you never expected would happen just from getting your teeth straightened.

Contact Us for a Teeth Straightening Consultation

Our patients are our top priority at Hill Dentistry. Your orthodontist is your partner not only for straighter teeth, but a more confident, healthier lifestyle where you can smile confidently.

Get in touch with us by calling (719) 470-2522 today and we’ll be glad to set up an appointment for you.