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Why Are Straight Teeth Important?


Did you know that there is more behind a straight smile than just the appearance? It is common to think that patients want straight teeth just for the look of a beautiful smile. However, straight teeth can help your overall health as well! Although orthodontics is often considered cosmetic, there are many situations where it can be medically neccesary to avoid serious medical concerns.

Straight Teeth are Easier to Keep Clean

One of the biggest reasons to have orthodontic treatment is because straight teeth are usually healthier teeth. When teeth are crowded or crooked, there are more opportunities for bacteria to build up and places for plaque to hide or be missed when brushing and flossing. This means that there are more chances for cavities or gum problems to develop. If not taken care of properly, these areas could result in gum disease and could then cause other problems with your health as well.

Straight Teeth are Best for Your Overall Health

The way your teeth fit together is important for your overall health as well. Depending on a person's bite (how your teeth fit together), many health concerns can develop. According to the AAO, misaligned teeth can not only cause grinding and chipping of the teeth themselves, but have even been proven to cause TMJ, sleep apnea and headaches. All of these health issues directly influence your quality of sleep and eating habits which determine your level of overall health.

Straight Teeth are Good for Mental Health

Studies have shown that people who have had orthodontic treatment have more confidence and higher self-esteem because of their appearance. A beautiful, healthy smile can make a big difference in your outlook of yourself and your life. Most people who have had orthodontic treatment are more proud to smile and show their teeth in social gatherings.

Jolley Orthodontics Can Help

Dr. Cameron Jolley and the Jolley Orthodontics team are here for you! We would love to help you achieve the healthy smile that you deserve, no matter your age. We are excited to offer complimentary consultations to discuss your unique treatment plan. Give us a call today to get started!