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Why straighten your teeth? For most people, it seems to be a matter of aesthetics. Straight teeth can change the look of your smile- as well as your overall facial appearance. However, many people don’t realize that there are actual health benefits to having properly aligned teeth. Below, we’ll explain how the right tooth alignment can help to protect your oral health.

Protect Teeth From Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is perhaps the most common oral health issue that all patients face. However, when teeth are misaligned, tooth decay is even more likely. Misaligned teeth often have additional tooth surface that is exposed and therefore vulnerable to bacteria. Moving the teeth into the correct place will help to protect these areas.

Promote Gum Health

If there are large gaps in the teeth, then extra gum tissue is exposed in a patient’s mouth. Closing these gaps offer more protection to the gums, reducing the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis. These issues can cause severe dental problems, as well as gum bleeding, swelling, and tenderness.

Avoid Oral Pain

Tooth decay and gum disease can both cause oral pain. However, patients with misaligned teeth might deal with other types of oral pain, too. Teeth that are not correctly aligned will wear down at uneven rates. This can cause pain, as well as tooth damage. Furthermore, patients with uneven teeth might also suffer from TMJ pain and/or headaches.

Keeping Your Smile Healthy

Proper tooth alignment is just one component of a healthy smile. Of course, it’s still important to see your dentist every six months and to practice good home oral care. In addition, patients might need orthodontic help to adjust their tooth position. Regardless of your aesthetic concerns, it’s a great way to protect your health.

Start With a Consultation

Not sure if you need an orthodontist’s help or not? A consultation is the best way to get the answer. During a consultation, an orthodontist will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw to see if your tooth alignment might be impacting your oral health. Then, they can create a plan to gently adjust your smile- or maintain your healthy smile. Click the link above to request your consultation with Adventure Orthodontics.

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