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The Benefits of a Aligned Bite From Orthodontics

Closeup of teeth being straightened with Invisalign clear aligners

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Even slightly crooked teeth can lead to issues. Orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign straighten misaligned teeth and transform your quality of life! Here are some of the benefits of straight teeth and an aligned bite:

Straight Teeth Are Easier to Clean

When teeth are cramped and crammed against each other, there are more tight spaces for plaque and tartar to build up. It’s hard to reach all these areas with a toothbrush and floss. Even if you brush and floss every day, crooked teeth are more vulnerable to cavities and your gums are at greater risk for gum disease. When orthodontics straighten your smile, your oral health can improve!

Reduced Jaw Issues

Chewing with a misaligned bite puts uneven pressure on your jaw. Over time, you can experience muscle tension, jaw pain, neck pain, and headaches. If you already have TMJ issues, a misaligned bite can make the pain worse. Correcting your bite can fix these issues and relieve pain.

Less Speech Issues

Crooked teeth and a misaligned bite can cause speech impediments. When you speak, your tongue hits your teeth to form different sounds. People with open bites and underbites might find it hard to pronounce consonants. When your teeth are better aligned, your speech can become smoother and clearer.

Improved Confidence

Many people feel self-conscious about having a crooked smile. They may choose to speak and smile less, feel awkward in social situations, or get more nervous during job interviews or on dates. Additionally, eating foods that require biting into several layers (such as hamburgers, sandwiches, and tacos) can be messy with a misaligned bite, particularly an open bite. By straightening their teeth, patients can boost their confidence, which can have a big impact on their quality of life!

Clear Orthodontics at CarolinasDentist

Does your smile have alignment issues? A proper bite benefits your health and self confidence! We’re the region’s largest provider of Invisalign®, which has helped many patients get the smile they’ve always wanted. If you have any questions or want to schedule an Invisalign consultation at one of our many office locations, please contact us today.

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