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Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

What comes to your mind when you think of straight teeth? Your mind likely jumps to magazine covers or models, proudly showing off their perfectly straight pearly whites. For better or worse, straight teeth are seen as a feature of beauty, as something to be coveted. Whether you’re lucky enough to naturally have straight teeth or were able to achieve them through orthodontics, great teeth can play a part in giving you confidence and positive self-esteem.

However, straight teeth are more than just a component of a beautiful smile. There are real health benefits to straight teeth. While there is nothing wrong with having a few crooked teeth, straight teeth can improve your oral health and make speaking and chewing easier as well. With so many different straightening methods available, it may be time to explore your options for getting a perfect smile.

When you’re ready to see what a healthy smile can do for you, come see us at Today's Dentistry in San Jose, California. Led by Peter Lee, DDS, we’ll make sure you receive the best dental care possible. From basic cleanings to crowns and bridges, Dr. Lee and the rest of our team have you covered.

Benefit: Easier to clean

The bristles on a toothbrush clean best when your teeth are properly aligned. Think about trying to clean a surface with paper towels; it’s much easier to wipe down a smooth surface than contend with the nooks and crannies of an uneven surface. 

Straight teeth are also easier to floss. If your teeth are jumbled or crooked, it can be hard to slide floss in between them. When flossing is easier, it takes less time and isn’t as frustrating. This, in turn, makes you more likely to floss on a daily basis.

Benefit: healthier mouth and gums

Swollen, red gums are signs of periodontal disease. Crooked or uneven teeth can contribute to the development of this and other gum diseases. 

As mentioned above, straight teeth are also easier to clean. Cleaning your teeth is about more than dislodging food particles and improving your breath; clean teeth are also less likely to see plaque buildup. 

Plaque is a sticky biofilm made of bacteria that sits between your teeth. Some of these bacteria attack your tooth enamel, wearing it down. Without good brushing and flossing, you’re at a higher risk for many different ailments, including:

Benefit: easier chewing and speaking

Chewing is mostly a process of tearing and mashing. When eating a hamburger, you use your teeth to tear through the bread, patty, and toppings to take a bite. When your teeth are aligned, they’re better at tearing. 

After you take a bite, your molars go to work as they mash your food, so it can travel down your esophagus toward the stomach. Again, your molars work best when they sit in a straight row.

When it comes to speaking, you use more than just your lips and tongue. Gapped, protruding, or crowded teeth can affect your speaking patterns. Once your teeth are aligned, you’ll likely find it easier to say certain hard-to-pronounce words.

How can you get straight teeth? Dr. Lee has a variety of services to help you reach your goal. Start your journey with a personalized consultation. Contact or book an appointment online at our San Jose office today. 

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