5 Benefits of Straighter Teeth

 If you’ve been dreaming of a picture-perfect smile, you aren’t alone. Gapped teeth or crooked teeth are two of the most common cosmetic complaints when it comes to teeth, but you don’t have to settle with a crooked smile. Over 8 million adults and teens have achieved their goal of straight teeth with Invisalign. 

At Cherry Family Dental, our team of providers know that Invisalign addresses many cosmetic and orthodontic concerns from bite issues to gaps to crowding. That’s why we recommend you visit our San Jose, California, office if you have concerns about your teeth.

In the meantime, we created this guide to explore the many benefits of straighter teeth.

1. Improved digestion

Did you know that chewing your food is the first step in digestion? When your teeth are aligned properly, it makes it easier to chew your food. When you chew your food thoroughly, you’re less likely to experience indigestion and bloating because of poor chewing. 

Not only do straight teeth help improve digestion, but it’s more comfortable to chew when your teeth are aligned.

2. Easier oral care routines

Flossing and brushing remove plaque, bacteria, and food debris from between your teeth. Because plaque and bacteria increase your risk of developing gum disease and cavities, it’s essential to remove as much as you can. However, if your teeth are crowded, it’s difficult to thoroughly clean between your teeth.

Straight teeth, on the other hand, are much easier to brush and floss.

3. Clear speech

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, there are many different types of bite problems. Though bite problems can be a cosmetic concern, they can also affect your oral health. Some bite problems, such as an open bite, can contribute to speech difficulties. An open bite can make it harder to speak clearly.

When your teeth are straight and your bite is correct, it’s much easier to speak clearly.

4. Reduces muscle tension and headaches

It may seem unlikely that straight teeth can improve neck and shoulder discomfort, but the reality is that crooked teeth and bite problems affect much more than just your ability to chew easily. If your bite is off, it can create pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMJ pain can radiate and cause headaches and neck pain. 

Correcting a bad bite helps to reduce TMJ discomfort associated with bite issues, which then has the added benefit of alleviating headaches and neck pain from TMJ pain. It’s all connected!

5. Improved self-esteem 

Feeling good about your smile is important for your mental — and physical health too! According to the Association for Psychological Science, smiling can boost your mood, reduce stress levels, and support your immune and heart health.

When you’re happy with your smile, you’re more likely to feel confident, flash your grin, and reach for your goals. This can have a profound effect in your professional life and personal life.

Get the smile of your dreams

At Cherry Family Dental, we know that some dental treatments have a double bonus of creating healthier and more attractive smiles. That’s why we offer comprehensive dental, including Invisalign.

To get started, give us a call at 408-495-4730. You can also request an appointment online.

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