Why Good Teeth Alignment Matters

Shine bright like a diamond.

Your oral health impacts more than just your smile. Your oral health also impacts your mental and physical health. For example, poor oral health is linked to cardiovascular disease and poor self-esteem.

 

That’s why David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, of The Woodlands Dental Group in The Woodlands, Texas, take misaligned teeth seriously. In this blog, they discuss the benefits of having properly aligned teeth and how you can straighten your teeth if needed.

Why having the proper alignment matters

Having properly aligned teeth is essential for your oral and overall health. Here are a few reasons why:

Reduces wear and tear

When your teeth are aligned correctly, your teeth nestle into each other. When you bite down, the cusps of your bottom molars don’t hit the cusps of your top molars. However, if your teeth aren’t aligned correctly, your teeth could touch each other in a way that puts too much pressure on parts of your teeth. 

 

Friction on your teeth can cause:

 

 

Poor alignment can cause these problems for all your teeth, not just your molars.

Reduces the risk of gum disease and other conditions

If your teeth are crooked or crowded and you can’t remove all the plaque between them, you’ll have a greater chance of developing gingivitis. A 2019 study published in the journal ScienceAdvances shows that untreated, advanced gum disease can increase your risk of developing other conditions, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

 

The bottom line is that correcting misaligned teeth can reduce your risk of developing both gum disease and the complications associated with gum disease.

Makes cleaning teeth easier

If your teeth are crowded, crooked, or overlapping, it can be difficult to floss thoroughly. When teeth are aligned properly, it’s easier to brush and floss, and it’s easier to remove bits of food from between your teeth.

Helps increase self-esteem

If your teeth are aligned, you may smile more. An NBC report found that people who smile more feel happier. And feeling happier can have a positive effect on your immune system.

Getting the smile of your dreams

Are you ready to say goodbye to crooked teeth and hello to a dazzling smile? At The Woodlands Dental Group, we offer Invisalign® clear aligners. Invisalign aligners are clear, removable trays that straighten teeth without the hassle of metal braces.

 

To get Invisalign aligners, impressions are made of your teeth. These impressions are then sent to a lab, where a number of aligner sets are made. Each set is slightly adjusted to move your teeth into the correct positions.  You are then given the aligners, and every week or two, you replace one set with another. By the time you take out your last set, you have the smile you desire.


To learn how you can get a fantastic smile, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Woodlands Dental Group today.

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