Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Straight, healthy-looking teeth are a confidence booster in social settings, and a straight smile can save you time and money on dental procedures. Having crooked teeth comes with a higher risk of developing serious dental issues and chronic pain.

Many people believe that it isn’t worth fixing an uneven smile purely for the sake of aesthetics. Ultimately, having straight teeth is about much more than a good-looking smile. We’re here to help. At Hudson River Dental Arts, we can help you get a straight smile without the downside of traditional braces. The Invisalign® orthodontic treatment system involves the use of transparent, easy-to-maintain aligners that can be taken off for special occasions.

As advocates of prevention, we want you to be aware of the risks of an uneven smile and the easiest way to get straight teeth even when you lead a busy life.

Reduce your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay 

Tooth decay and gum disease occur when bacteria accumulate along the gum lines and in between and on the teeth. 

Straight teeth are easy to brush and floss. However, if you have a misalignment, you may not be able to clean your gums and teeth well because of hard-to-reach areas. 

Crowded teeth can increase the risk of tooth decay as they rub against each other, causing more wear-and-tear and enamel damage. An uneven bite can also lead to uneven wear-and-tear because a few of your teeth will end up doing most of the work when you eat.

Avoid jaw pain and headaches 

Misalignments put uneven pressure on your jaw and teeth when you chew. Over time, this uneven pressure can lead to overworked muscles in the jaw and face, leading to inflammation, chronic jaw pain, and headaches. 

When the misalignment is left untreated, the inflammation in the jaw can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a chronic disorder characterized by pain, popping, and locking in the jaw.

How you can straighten your teeth without the hassle of traditional braces 

With Invisalign, it’s now easier to get a straight smile with fewer adjustments and no pain. Aside from that, clear aligners are also aesthetically pleasing. You won’t have to sacrifice a year or two of your life hiding your smile because of having metal braces while waiting for your teeth to straighten. 

So if you want to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, jaw pain, and headaches, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

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