Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

If your teeth are crooked and you want to straighten them, your primary motivation is likely to gain a more attractive smile. While straight teeth will certainly lead to a better smile, there’s another benefit you may be overlooking: better overall health for your body.

Crooked teeth, also known as a malocclusion, come in several types, such as crowded teeth, crossbite, overbite, and underbite. As a result of a malocclusion, both your mouth and entire body can suffer.

At Millennium Park Orthodontics in Chicago, Howard Spector, DDS, and our team want to improve not just your oral health, but your overall health, too. Here are a few of the health benefits of straightening your teeth:

Less wear and tear on your teeth

Biting and chewing generate a good amount of pressure. If your teeth are properly aligned, this isn’t a problem. However, teeth that aren’t aligned correctly can get damaged and cause damage due to this stress.

Over time, this stress can lead to notching at the gum line, chipping, abnormal flattening of your teeth, and even fractures of your teeth. Getting your teeth straightened with braces or Invisalign can help protect you against these issues.

Lower risk of developing gum disease

Crooked teeth are harder to keep clean than straight teeth. Crooked teeth can make it more difficult to remove bacteria, and if bacteria linger in your mouth, this can increase your chances of developing gum disease.

Gum disease develops because bacteria infect gum tissue. If left unchecked, gum disease can lead to inflammation, tissue damage, receding gums, and even tooth loss. An infection caused by gum disease can also spread to other areas of the body. Straightening your teeth can help you clean your teeth better, which, in turn, can help you avoid developing gum disease.

Less neck and head pain

If your teeth aren’t aligned correctly, this can lead to too much stress on certain parts of your jaws. This, in turn, can lead to headaches and pain in your neck and face.

If your teeth are correctly aligned, this can help evenly distribute the force of your bite, which, in turn, may help reduce pain and headaches.

Better digestion

Straight teeth are better for chewing, and chewing your food thoroughly is a crucial step in the digestive process.

Food that isn’t chewed thoroughly can cause the stomach and intestines to work harder than they should. And this can cause your body to absorb fewer nutrients, and it can lead to other digestive issues as well. 

Now you know that straight teeth don’t just help your smile. They help your overall health as well! To learn more about your teeth straightening options, book an appointment over the phone with Millennium Park Orthodontics today.

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