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Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Many people think of straight teeth as something you need to feel good about yourself. The truth is, straight teeth and practicing good oral health, are incredibly crucial. Here, at Wedgewood Dental, we know straight teeth aren’t just a cosmetic necessity. Misaligned, chipped, and stained teeth can actually wreak havoc on your oral health and potentially cause problems for the rest of your body.

Benefits of straight teeth 

Yes, you want to love your smile but there are other benefits to straight teeth. It turns out, straight teeth mean healthier teeth and in turn, good oral health. Here are all the benefits of having straight teeth: 

Easier to clean teeth

It’s less likely for small particles of food to get stuck in between your teeth when they’re straight. Things like flossing and brushing are infinitely easier when performed on straight teeth.

Helps you achieve better nutrition

This is because with straighter teeth it’s easier to consume food properly and maintain the benefits of your meals.

Keeps your body healthy 

The relationship between your oral health and your physical health is very interesting. A number of health issues, like headaches, can be tied to poor oral health. When you have good oral health, this gives your body a better chance of remaining healthy.

Healthier gums

Misaligned teeth increase your risk of unhealthy gums. Unhealthy gums can lead lead to bad oral health outcomes, such as bleeding gums, receding gums, and eventually, tooth decay, and loss.

Saves money 

Straight teeth today can help prevent dental problems in the future. Having straight teeth now means you won’t have to pay to treat oral issues down the road. Think of it as investing in your future health.

How to get straight teeth

As technology has grown, so have the options for achieving straight teeth. Orthodontists use a wide variety of tools, including braces and retainers to straighten your teeth. However, traditional methods, like braces, are not for everyone.  

One alternative to traditional braces is invisible aligners. Invisible aligners are a great option for anyone who has minor issues, such as mildly crowded teeth. If you have more severe tooth alignment issues, your orthodontist may have to develop a more complex treatment plan for you.

How to choose the right orthodontist

Straightening your teeth can take years, which is why choosing the right dentist is so important. You'll want to make sure your dentist has a personality you're comfortable with since you'll be seeing them regularly over the next few years. 

Dr. Linda K. Westmoreland, at Wedgewood Dental, has over 20 years of experience. She's well-versed in dentistry and offers the most up-to-date treatments and the highest quality of care. She'll work with you to create a customized plan to straighten your teeth and help you maintain good oral health. 

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