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Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Dr. Cliff Broschinsky and his expert staff at Avalon Dental specialize in providing fabulous smiles their patients are happy to show off. They’re also highly invested in keeping your smile healthy. Straight teeth can deliver the extra edge you need for maintaining excellent oral health and that beautiful smile you love.

Straight teeth can:

Help keep your gums on task

Healthy gums fit snugly against your teeth and provide a barrier that helps protect against bacteria that, if left unchecked, can destroy your teeth and jawbone. Crooked or missing teeth can cause gaps in your gums. This allows decay-causing bacteria an opportunity to attack the bony surfaces of your teeth that lie below the gumline. Straight teeth provide a secure fit for your gums and help prevent debris buildup that leads to gum disease and tooth decay.

Make chewing and digestion easier

Crispy, crunchy fruits and vegetables are as good for your oral health as they are for your overall health. Crooked teeth can make it difficult and even painful to consume the fresh carrot sticks, apple slices, or leafy greens your body craves. Straight teeth can make it easier to stick with and enjoy a nutritious diet.

Prevent excess wear and tear

Crooked teeth can wear away enamel as you chew. This weakens your teeth and can lead to cracking, breakage, and decay. A misaligned bite also stresses the muscles and joints of your face and jaw. This can result in jaw strain, headaches, and other painful conditions such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Straightening your teeth now can prevent problems in the future or correct the issues you’re currently experiencing.

Improve results of daily brushing and flossing

Straight teeth provide a larger surface that’s easier to clean than the twisted and angled surfaces of crooked teeth. This improves the efficacy of daily brushing and flossing, which helps reduce the risk of decay-causing plaque and tartar buildup.

Boost your confidence and self-esteem

It can be difficult to show your true, fabulous self to the world when you’re worried about your smile, especially if you avoid smiling in public or frequently cover your mouth to hide a crooked bite. Crooked teeth also sometimes cause difficulty speaking clearly. Straightening your smile can help resolve these problems and boost your confidence.

And straightening your teeth may not be as difficult or painful as you imagine. New systems and techniques such as Invisalign® make it possible to move your teeth into proper alignment without the discomfort and inconvenience of traditional wire braces.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Broschinsky at Avalon Dental today to discover what straightening your teeth can mean for your overall health as well as your smile quotient.    

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