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Health Benefits of a Straight Smile

October 15, 2018

It is common for people to believe that misaligned teeth are solely a cosmetic issue. You may believe that overlapping crooked teeth are only an issue affecting your appearance, but crooked teeth can affect your smile’s health. Straightening your smile can improve your smile’s health. If you are worried about the way your mouth will look with traditional metal braces, Clear Braces may be a solution for you. You can straighten your teeth and get the health benefits all in a discreet, barely noticeable way. Talk to your dentist at Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, Missouri to see if you qualify for Clear Braces.

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Less Risk for Decay and Gum Disease

When teeth are not properly aligned, they can created odd spaces for bacteria and food debris to collect. Crooked teeth are simply harder to get clean. Bacteria that builds up in overlapping spaces between teeth can lead to tooth decay. Bacteria building up along the gums can lead to gum disease. Straightening your teeth can make them easier to clean, which can lower your risk of these potential issues.

Less Risk for Tooth Damage

Your teeth are made up of the hardest substance in your body. When teeth are properly aligned, they meet each other at just the right angle to chew tough foods, but not to damage each other. When teeth are not properly aligned, they can be at angles that can be more susceptible to breakage from other teeth or from things you are chewing. Straightening teeth can lower the risks of tooth damage.

Healthier Jaw

Misaligned teeth can put a lot of strain on the joints of your jaw, the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) to be specific. The excess strain can eventually lead to a condition called TMJ disorder, which can include pain, chronic headaches, jaw clicking, popping, and painful lockjaw. Straightening your smile can limit your risks of developing the common jaw disorder.

Do You Have Misaligned Teeth?

Clear Braces can help you achieve a straighter smile. To find out if you qualify for clear aligners, schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, today at 816-427-4018.