5 Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

At Varallo Orthodontics, we understand the power of an aligned smile and jaw! Small changes can transform your look, lifestyle, physical health, and mental well-being! To help you decide if you want to consider orthodontic treatment, we want to share five health benefits of straight teeth that can significantly improve your quality of life!

1.) Aesthetic

When you don’t like what you see in the mirror, it can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, it can also lead to negative judgment from others. People with straight teeth deliver a better first impression, allowing them to have an easier time making friends, getting dates, and receiving job offers after face-to-face interviews. This difference in “luck” is because a conventionally attractive smile was associated with confidence, success, good health, cleanliness, and happiness. 

Misaligned teeth are more likely to give others a wrong first impression and a negative perception of you. If your smile affects your confidence, you might even contribute to a negative perception without realizing it! 

Orthodontic care helps improve your smile’s cosmetic appearance and benefits your mental health by enhancing your social and professional life. 

2.) Easier To Eat

Misalignment can make chewing and swallowing painful and ineffective, causing eating to be potentially dangerous and uninviting. If eating is uncomfortable, you are more likely to swallow prematurely, putting you at risk of choking due to inadequate saliva production and attempting to down large chunks of food. Bigger food is also more challenging for the body to digest, so you cannot maximize your nutrient intake, whereas smaller food is less likely to get stuck in the colon. Large lumps of food that get stuck can grow bacteria and promote indigestion, bloating, constipation, and gas. 

Correctly aligned teeth are easier to chew food with and put less strain on your jaw joint (decreasing your risk of TMJ) so that you can form consistent, healthy dietary habits and enjoy mealtime to the fullest.

3.) Easier to Perform Oral Hygiene

Crooked teeth might prevent you from cleaning all the nooks and crannies that hide bacteria, food, and plaque. If these unwanted guests are able to accumulate, you have an increased likelihood of tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath, among other concerns that have the potential to cause varying degrees of discomfort and pain. Properly cleaned teeth and gums have a lower risk of oral health issues because straighter teeth are easier to clean. When your mouth is adequately cleaned, your enamel is stronger and can protect your teeth and gums.

4.) Easier To Breathe And Communicate

An improperly aligned jaw can misplace your tongue and create narrow air passageways, making breathing difficult. Poor teeth and jaw misplacement can also affect your ability to communicate. Mouth breathing, sleep apnea, and isolation are some consequences of breathing and communication issues, all of which can lead to other more serious conditions like dry mouth, tooth decay, exhaustion, and poor mental health. 

Dr. Varallo can align the teeth and jaw using braces and their accessories (like rubber bands attached to both rows of teeth) to make a noticeable improvement to your breathing abilities, giving you a more pleasant daily experience.

5.) Reduced Risk Of Damaged Teeth

Overcrowded or overly spaced-out teeth might grind and rub against each other. This friction can wear down the enamel (which cannot be restored once it is gone), increasing your vulnerability to cavities, tooth sensitivity, and other oral health issues. 

Protruding teeth (either from the angle of growth or jaw location) are more likely to become chipped, broken, or experience injury. 

Braces will fix your malocclusion to lessen the possibility of dental trauma and minimize wear and tear on the teeth. 

Dr. Varallo knows the power of an aligned smile; here are five health benefits of straight teeth to significantly improve your well-being!

Discover How Straight Teeth Can Benefit You At Varallo Orthodontics!

Are you ready to learn other ways orthodontic care can change your life? Then schedule your free consultation with Dr. Varallo and his team today! At your appointment, Dr. Varallo will thoroughly examine your mouth and facial structure using top-of-the-line technology like 3D imaging and X-rays to determine if you need care and which treatment would be best for you. He will answer all your questions and address all your concerns without pressuring you into beginning treatment or buying a service.

When you’re comfortable and ready, he and his team will schedule an appointment to begin your personalized treatment program. 

Varallo Orthodontics is excited to help you and your family achieve the healthy, beautiful smiles of your dreams, and we can’t wait to get started! Hope to see you soon!