Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Straight teeth don't just give you the benefits of a camera-ready smile, although the self-esteem boost doesn't hurt. Correct dental alignment plays an important role in your overall oral health. Straight teeth stay stronger, longer. At La Michoacana Dental Clinic, our team is ready to guide you through the process of straightening your smile, giving you an even grin and the peace of mind that goes with good oral health.

Straight teeth for a cleaner mouth

One of the big benefits of straight teeth is that they're easier to clean. You can floss more effectively between evenly spaced teeth, and water rinses do more to clear your mouth. Straight teeth naturally tend to shed food and bacteria that could otherwise become trapped, reducing your risk of tooth decay and plaque buildup. 

You should brush at least twice a day and floss daily to prevent tooth decay and maintain a clean mouth.

Good alignment for reduced pain

Having a correctly aligned bite is key to preventing jaw, head, and neck pain. Incorrectly aligned or crooked teeth can leave your jawbone under pressure, potentially causing chronic pain. With an irregular bite, you also risk increased enamel wear due to uneven chewing motions. 

Crooked teeth are also that much more likely to break or chip in case of an accident and can injure your mouth's soft tissues.

Immune system support

Your mouth is the gateway to your body. Every time you swallow, the bacteria living in your mouth enter your bloodstream. Without correct alignment of your teeth, your mouth can become a breeding ground for harmful infections. 

Once oral bacteria are in your bloodstream, they can affect your whole body, including your brain. American Dental Association studies show that oral bacteria can potentially cause very serious medical conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or pneumonia. 

Your gums, one of the areas at risk for bacterial issues, are better able to resist infection when they fit closely and evenly around well-aligned teeth. Straightening your teeth reduces strain on your immune system, not leaving harmful oral bacteria any convenient pockets to grab hold and cause problems.

Self-esteem to boost your confidence

In addition to all of these physical health concerns, your mental and emotional well-being also matters a lot. Having straighter teeth can significantly boost your self-esteem and often addresses embarrassing speech issues, giving you that much more confidence as you present yourself to the world. Straight teeth also optimize your airflow, keeping you active and well-oxygenated, and are likely to improve your chewing and digestion.

If you're ready to start working on a straighter smile, schedule a consultation with us at La Michoacana Dental Clinic today. Our team of dentists supports patients in the greater Houston area from two conveniently located offices. We offer a number of treatments to straighten your teeth, from braces to Invisalign® clear aligners. To make an appointment and get started exploring your options, call or book online.

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