Health Benefits of Straighter Teeth

While there’s no arguing that straightening your teeth gives you a more smashing smile, a well-aligned mouth doesn’t just convey cosmetic benefits. There are actually proven overall health benefits to having straighter teeth.

At their office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Dr. Marlisa Popper, Dr. Jason Popper, and Dr. Howard Popper provide the most advanced care to their patients, including the innovative Invisalign® straightening system that does the work of braces — comfortably and invisibly.

Can straightening my teeth really improve my health?

It absolutely can. Orthodontic treatment at Popper Dental not only takes care of bite problems and crowded or unevenly spaced teeth, it offers numerous health benefits to our patients — benefits that are backed up by clinical evidence:

1. A straight smile sharply reduces your risk of periodontal disease

When your bite is misaligned or your teeth are crowded, it’s harder to brush and floss properly. As you’d expect, when good oral hygiene is compromised, periodontal disease can result. At its worst (periodontitis), this condition causes bleeding, swollen gums, pain, and even loose teeth. 

In addition, studies have linked this infection to serious health problems, like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even dementia, when gum disease-borne bacteria enter your bloodstream. 

Corrective action eliminates the possibility of these worst-case scenarios and optimizes your ability to practice superior oral hygiene. 

2. Orthodontic treatment reduces head and neck pain

A misaligned mouth and uneven bite can cause your jaw to ache, your head to throb, and even make your ears sense a persistent ringing. 

Ditto when it comes to TMJ, a disorder whose initials stand for the affected jaw joint, your temporomandibular joint. It enables chewing and allows you to open and close your mouth. These abilities can also be hindered by a bad fit between your upper and lower teeth.

3. An in-line smile equals better digestion

To chew your food properly, your teeth need to be arranged optimally and your bite needs to be healthy and functional. Chewing is digestion’s necessary precursor, and the act sends the signal to your body that the saliva needs to start breaking down what you’ve eaten.

If you’re not chewing properly, or hurrying through mastication because the way your teeth are aligned makes it uncomfortable, your nutritional absorption is compromised. Teeth that aren’t aligned properly affect how essential nutrients do — or don’t — get absorbed by your body.

4. The effects of trauma may be reduced if there’s no malocclusion

Malocclusion means having a poor and uneven bite. When your teeth aren’t correctly aligned, the effects of trauma, such as from a sports injury or auto accident, are often exacerbated. 

If you have an overbite, for example, your upper teeth are more vulnerable to damage caused by an accident, whether it’s chipping, cracking, or tooth loss. 

5. A crooked smile affects your emotional health

Your well-being and day-to-day quality of life aren’t only determined by your physical health. Your self-esteem greatly contributes to your emotional state. If you’re plagued by persistent worries about your smile and feel badly about how you look, your mental health can deteriorate. 

Embrace straight teeth and better health

Meeting with us about Invisalign to correct your bite and straighten your smile is a concrete step you can take to mitigate each item on the list of issues that a bad bite and uneven smile causes. 

In addition to being visually subtle, this straightening method allows you to remove your aligners while you eat or drink, as compared with traditional braces, which never give you a break. 

Call our New York City office today to schedule a consultation about straightening your smile or simply book an appointment through our website

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