Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

You’ve always thought about getting your teeth aligned with the help of Invisalign® or clear braces, but every time you do, the timing doesn’t seem right. Besides, it’s always seemed a bit frivolous — it’s just a smile, right? 

Well, while straight teeth do look and feel better, they’re also healthier for you as well. Alignment actually does matter, and getting your teeth straightened, even at an older age, is best for your oral — and overall — health. 

Dr. David Blaustein, as well as the rest of our team at Chelsea Dental Aesthetics located in New York City, wants to make sure you not only look your best but feel great as well. This begins with your teeth. We want you to understand why alignment matters and the options we offer to get you a healthy and beautiful smile. 

Why misaligned teeth happen 

According to the National Library of Medicine, most cases of misaligned teeth are hereditary. This means your genetic makeup is the major reason your teeth are crooked. However, other habits during the course of your life might cause your teeth to become misaligned as well, such as 

Any of these issues could lead to malocclusion — the medical term for tooth misalignment. Still, you might be wondering, “Who cares if my teeth are a little crooked? It can’t be that bad, right?” 

Why alignment matters

Unfortunately, the belief that crooked teeth are a non-issue is a mistaken one. When your teeth are misaligned, it makes it harder for you to take care of them, including brushing, flossing, and general upkeep. If you can’t perform preventive maintenance properly, it can cause your teeth to experience a buildup of plaque, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Also, when it’s harder to clean your teeth, your more likely to experience bad breath as a result. 

What’s more, your teeth are more likely to become worn through your day-to-day activities. Because they do not line up properly, chewing, biting, or even smiling can cause significant wear-and-tear damage. You also risk your teeth chipping or even breaking if they are not properly aligned. 

Getting proper alignment with Invisalign

Now you know that proper teeth alignment is more than just a cosmetic issue. Straight teeth are less likely to experience problems and they’re healthier overall. But how can you achieve proper alignment without spending a fortune? 

Invisalign clear aligners are an affordable and discreet option. Furthermore, by straightening your teeth now, you’ll save money on dental work in the future. And that’s assurance you can take to the bank!

Want to learn more about Invisalign? 

Dr. Blaustein offers Invisalign fittings and clear braces consultations in his New York City office. Just call 917-633-7312 to request an appointment. You can also make an appointment online at your leisure. Contact us now to get the smile you’ve always wanted — one that will offer you health and happiness in the years to come.

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