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Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Dental health is an important component of your overall health. Often, because of the high cost of dental health care and because many orthodontic issues are considered cosmetic, we ignore many serious dental issues. 

Crooked teeth are one such serious dental problem that’s often considered a cosmetic nuisance at best. In reality, crooked teeth can actually lead to some serious health problems. At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, we take every component of your orthodontic health seriously. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide to help you understand why crooked teeth are a major health concern.

Here are some serious problems that can result from crooked teeth.

Increased wear and risk of breaking teeth

If your teeth are crooked, it often means that they’re also rubbing against each other. This kind of friction results in a wearing down of your enamel, or the outer part of your teeth that protects the nerves that reside in the core. 

Greater risk of gum disease

When your teeth are crooked, they don’t rest properly in your gums, which means that your gums don’t hold your teeth as tightly as they should. Because your gums are so loose, they create miniscule pockets of air between your gums and your teeth.   

Risk of serious illness

Your dental health impacts your overall health. The gum disease that can so easily result from crooked teeth can also lead to chronic illnesses because inflammation in your gums corresponds with higher levels of inflammation all over your body. Some of these major illnesses include stroke, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer’s. 

Harder to maintain oral health

Because crooked teeth can overlap or grow into each other, it’s much harder to adequately clean your teeth, floss between teeth, and maintain proper oral health. Ultimately, such overlap makes it easier for plaque to build up on your teeth and for food particles to rot in between them.

Higher chance of breaking teeth

When your teeth bulge out or protrude at odd angles, it makes it easier for them to get injured, chipped, or broken from various activities, including sports or even from taking a tumble and falling down. And tooth cracks, if left untreated, can lead to serious decay.

Fixing your teeth with proper alignment

If you have crooked teeth, straightening them isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it’s treatment for your overall health and wellbeing. At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, we have a number of alignment options, including the convenient and effective Invisalign system. 

To learn more about which alignment options are best for you, call us, or make an appointment right on our website today.

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