4 Important Benefits of Straighter Teeth

Mar 03, 2023
4 Important Benefits of Straighter Teeth
It’s easy to assume straightening your teeth only benefits your smile, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there’s far more than meets the eye when it comes to having well-aligned teeth. Keep reading to learn more.

When straightening their teeth, people often focus on how it will improve their smile. But tooth alignment is more than a cosmetic issue — it can also impact your oral and overall health. And Invisalign® puts all the benefits within reach.

Dr. Daniil Payziyev and our Dentistry on Park team understand that nothing improves your confidence more than a stunning smile. However, it’s hard to beat the added benefits of straighter and properly aligned teeth.

Are you thinking of straightening your teeth? Here are four important benefits you shouldn’t ignore.

1. Less risk of tooth damage

It may come as a surprise, but crooked teeth put the rest of your teeth at risk for damage because they function as a unit. Whether a single tooth is out of position, a few protrude, or your entire bite is out of alignment, it can increase your chances of sustaining damage, like chipping and uneven wear. It can even affect your ability to speak or chew.

2. Jawbone problems

In addition to tooth damage, poor alignment can cause problems with your jawbone, specifically where it connects to your skull at the temporomandibular joint. When this joint slides out of alignment, it triggers a variety of symptoms, such as:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Aching facial or ear pain
  • Problems or pain while chewing
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth because the joint locks up

It’s common to have a grating sensation or notice a clicking sound when moving your jaw.

3. Headaches and migraines

When your teeth and jaw can’t function properly, it can trigger muscle exhaustion in the jaw, face, neck, and shoulders, and that tension can easily radiate upward, manifesting as a headache. 

Studies also show that headache patients often suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders more frequently, so it’s worth seeing Dr. Payziyev if you suffer from chronic headaches.

4. Gum disease

Finally, it can be harder to keep crooked teeth clean, which can significantly increase your risk of gum disease. You may know that severe oral infection can damage your teeth, gums, and jawbone, but did you know it can take a toll on your overall health, too?

Gum disease develops because of bacteria and inflammation in your mouth — but it doesn’t stay there. Instead, it passes from the tissue to every part of your body, increasing your chances of numerous health issues, such as:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Respiratory disease
  • Heart disease
  • Cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease

Gum disease even has links to certain cancers

Straightening your teeth with Invisalign

Ready for some good news? Invisalign uses cutting-edge technology to give you the straighter, more vibrant smile you need to improve your confidence and overall health — and you can start seeing results within weeks

Your personalized treatment options involve custom-made, barely visible clear aligners that move your teeth into an ideal position. They provide proven results faster than traditional treatments like braces, and they can correct most alignment problems conveniently, comfortably, and discreetly. Simply wear your aligners as directed for 20-22 hours each day.

It all starts with a consultation with our team so we can see if you’re a good candidate for this treatment. Then, we use the advanced Invisalign technology to create images of your teeth to plan your teeth straightening program. This innovative software even provides a sneak peek of how your teeth will look when you complete the entire process.

Are you ready to see the benefits of Invisalign for yourself? Schedule an appointment at Dentistry on Park on the upper Eastside of Manhattan, New York, today.