If you missed your chance for braces as a child, or your teeth have shifted over the years, it’s easy to feel embarrassed by your smile. However, poorly aligned teeth are more than an aesthetic issue. Bite and alignment problems can affect your oral and general health. With your mouth the gateway to your body, here are 4 ways straight teeth can boost your health.
1. Promote Better Digestion
Believe it or not, the digestive process doesn’t begin after swallowing your food. Instead, chewing is the first step to digestion because it grinds foods into smaller, easier-to-digest pieces. However, if your teeth are misaligned, it can affect the way your upper and lower arches come together. A poor bite can make it difficult to chew your food properly, which could cause stomach issues and fewer nutrients being absorbed.
2. Healthy Smile Supports a Healthy Body
Researchers have found several connections between common dental issues and certain health conditions. Gum disease alone is linked to cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and preterm labor. Overcrowded teeth can increase your risk of preventable oral health problems, like tooth decay and gum disease. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, making brushing and flossing more effective to keep your mouth and body healthy.
3. Feel Happier
According to the American Dental Association, 34% of adults are reluctant to smile because they don’t like the way their teeth look. Not smiling can affect your mental health. The act of smiling releases tiny molecules known to reduce stress. It also releases endorphins to help combat depression. Correcting your alignment flaws will boost your self-esteem because you’ll look your best. As a result, you’ll smile more to improve your mood and quality of life.
4. Stop Jaw Pain
If there’s no harmony between the upper and lower arch, it can distribute pressure on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) improperly. Inflammation in the joints connecting your jaw to your skull can cause facial pain and headaches. Not to mention, it can lead to a TMJ disorder, which can limit your ability to open and close your mouth. Fixing your bite ensures the top and bottom teeth rest together comfortably. You’ll stop jaw pain and protect your smile from worn enamel, broken teeth, and other complications of TMD.
Invest in a Straight Smile
It’s never too late to invest in a straight smile. 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is over the age of 18, thanks to less noticeable treatment options, like clear aligners. You can support your health and wellness using the nearly invisible orthodontic solution for straight teeth. Find out if ClearCorrect is right for you today.
About Dr. Norman C. Sommers
Dr. Sommers achieved his dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and has completed advanced education in many specialties, like dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and ClearCorrect. Dr. Sommers is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Contact our office today to request your consultation for a straight smile.