Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

It’s no mystery that a smile full of white, bright teeth makes a great addition to your appearance. But did you know that straight teeth can also lead to a healthier mouth? Teeth that are misaligned or crooked can influence your overall oral health in a myriad of ways, giving you a good reason to straighten them.

At Dental Health Connection, Dr. Randall W. Smith and our team partner with patients in Burlington, Massachusetts, to provide healthy teeth inside and out. We offer an array of services that correct any number of dental problems, many of which can be helped by straightening crooked teeth and misalignments.

Here’s a look at why alignment matters to your oral health.

Many places to hide

A primary reason straighter teeth are healthier is because they eliminate the places where harmful bacteria can set up shop. When your teeth are properly aligned, brushing away bacteria-harboring plaque is much easier. Conversely, crooked teeth make it harder to get into all those nooks and crannies where plaque can build up and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. 

Why misalignment matters

If you have a malocclusion, such as an overbite or underbite, your teeth don’t line up as they should, which can interfere with chewing and speaking. In some cases, malocclusion can cause problems in your temporomandibular joints (TMJs), which can lead to muscle pain and headaches in some cases. A misalignment in your bite also can lead to excessive grinding or clenching, especially in your back teeth, which can result in broken cusps and fractures in crowns and fillings.

Wearing down

Crooked teeth are also more prone to uneven wear which when compromised, can break down the enamel, leaving them vulnerable to tooth decay. Chipping, cracking, and breaking, is also more likely if you have teeth that protrude. 

Straightening out

If you’d like to reap the many benefits of a straight smile, we have several solutions, including clear braces.

If your teeth are moderately to severely crooked, we offer braces made with enamel-colored or clear brackets and wires that blend with your teeth. 

If you have mild to moderate alignment problems, we recommend clear aligners to fix your teeth. Clear aligners can also correct severely crowded teeth in some cases.

If you’re an adult, the good news is that many dental insurance companies cover adult orthodontics, and our treatment is 30-50% less expensive than the standard orthodontic rate. 

To get on the road to a smile that looks, feels, and functions better, contact us by calling 781-272-0540 or using our convenient online scheduler to book an appointment.

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